Steve Martin audience asked for refund

Steve Martin was interviewed by New York Times Sunday writer Deborah Solomon in front of an audience in Manhattan Monday evening. However, when the funnyman spent most of the hour talking about his passion for art rather than acting, comedy or celebrity, organizers offered ticket-holders refunds. Executive director Sol Adler says, “Steve Martin is and has always been a gracious and inspiring presence on our stage and our patrons showed nothing but admiration and support for him in their comments to us. Our decision to offer a refund was a direct response to numerous complaints we received about how the interview itself was conducted. We acknowledge that last night’s event with Steve Martin did not meet the standard of excellence that you have come to expect from 92nd Street Y. We planned for a more comprehensive discussion and we, too, were disappointed with the evening.” Martin is upset about the incident, describing the refund offer as “discourteous.” He told The New York Times, “It seemed to me that a consultation was at least in order. As for the Y’s standard of excellence, it can’t be that high because this is the second time I’ve appeared there.”

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  1. Tweetybird • December 3, 2010 @ 3:07 PM

    I’d be kind of disappointed if I went to see him and all he talked about was art. I’m not really interested in art, but I would be interested in hearing funny anecdotes about his career.

  2. Red • December 3, 2010 @ 6:08 PM

    Oh no, he showed some depth. Let’s all run away!

  3. Quinn • December 4, 2010 @ 2:00 PM

    Well, it’s all very nice for him to talk about art, but that’s not what people are expecting. How about if he’d talked about horse racing the entire time? If people want to hear about his acting career, then no wonder they’re disappointed if he talks about something HE’s interested in. HE didn’t pay for the talk, HE gets paid and he should talk about what the people who paid want to hear about instead of being so selfish as to only talk about what HE’s interested in.

  4. Red • December 6, 2010 @ 12:06 AM

    Yeah how selfish of him to talk about himself. Nobody cares what he likes.(sarcasm) So why did people go to see him if all they want to hear about is movie stuff? Go online for that. It’s free.

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