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23 Star Starred
Theatre Asylum & Lab
1078 Lillian Way Hollywood, CA 90038
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 20 members
Review from Kitty Martini
14 events 10 reviews

This is a really fun show--especially for people over 40 who have noticed that things are uhmm...well...changing. It's funny and thought provoking at the same time. Steve Ochs, takes stand up comedy to a higher more theatrical, more hilarious...continued

reviewed May 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
13 events 4 reviews

Funny take on realizations of middle age. Could use shortening of the depressing section-stick with the comedy, it worked :)

reviewed May 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
1 event 1 review

I went to see Life in the Middle Ages last evening and found it very entertaining, smart and very funny. A must see for anyone over 30. Everyone around me seemed to be enjoying the experience.

reviewed May 22 2011 report as inappropriate
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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 equates the horrifying epiphany that initiates midlife crisis with receiving a terminal diagnosis from your doctor, thus triggering the five stages of grief. Writer/performer Steve Ochs (pronounced “Oaks” like the Phil) 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.”

Steve Ochs is a recovering stand up comic. If you watched a lot of stand up comedy live or on TV during the ’80s, you may remember him 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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