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"Life in the Middle Ages"
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3.7 average rating
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23 reviews
10 stars
attended Aug 20 2011

This one-man comedy provided common insights of a middle-age person (specifically from a male perspective) in a humorous, yet suprisingly truthful, way. The background of scrolling caligraphy words simulating the real middle ages terms and...continued

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1 review
4 stars
attended Aug 20 2011

I thought the beginning was very funny. He went into the stages of grief over the aging process. When he got to the depression was real depressing and the acceptance part was like being in a meditation class. Real let down from the...continued

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Learn more about Steve Ochs.
“Foul-mouthed, glib, self-assured, and dead on!” —LA Splash
“Irreverent, quip-happy … the audience seemed truly touched.” —_LA Weekly _


Life in the Middle Ages is a medieval-themed, multi-media, one-man comedy show that pokes fun at getting older and dealing with the inevitable foibles of midlife crisis.

Writer/performer Steve Ochs (pronounced “Oaks”) humorously compares getting older to the five stages of grief. He takes aim at mortality, vitality and inevitable immobility in this fast-paced evening of laughs and tears. Raised by a comic and a shrink, Ochs successfully draws on the best of both worlds to make his point.

Over the course of 70 minutes Ochs exposes the many challenges adults confront during a midlife crisis. Many people at this stage of life think their feelings are unique to them; this communal exploration of aging could very well help define your state of mind and give you inspiration. This is not your typical one man show as the fourth wall is frequently broken and includes multimedia, comedy and audience interaction.

Strictly speaking to and for those experiencing middle age, adults of any age are welcome to attend but those under 30 should enter at their own risk knowing that the show comes with the following caution, “Warning: this show is rated NC-30. Attending may cause early onset midlife crisis in persons under thirty.”

If you watched a lot of stand up comedy live or on TV during the ’80s, you may remember Ochs as Steve O. before the other guy got the name. Richard Pryor called him, “one funny motherf**ker,” New York Nightlife compared him to Lenny Bruce and the Orlando Sentinel called him, “fast, funny and sometimes biting.” He retired from the stage about 17 years ago, mostly due to lack of inspiration, but his midlife crisis has driven him back into the fray.

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