Thursday, December 2, 2010

Steve Martin at the 92nd Street Y

Steve Martin talked about art — not the funny — at the 92nd Street Y. Audience members complained. So the Y offered refunds credit for an evening did not meet the usual “standard of excellence.”

Steve Martin on the Y’s “standard of excellence”: “it can’t be that high because this is the second time I’ve appeared there.”

Comedian Conversation Falls Flat at 92nd Street Y (New York Times)

Update, December 5: In the comments, a reader points to a first-hand account of the evening.

Update, December 6: Steve Martin comments in the New York Times.

comments: 3

Anonymous said...

The story is, of course, complicated.

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for the link.

I’m not concerned about whether the interview went well or not — it seems to me outrageous for audience members to criticize and attempt to redirect a conversation in real time and for the Y to offer credit (not refunds) to the dissatisfied.

I read the Y’s ticket policy before posting: “There are no refunds unless 92nd Street Y cancels an event.” I think that’s why I wrote refunds, not credit. I’ve corrected my mistake.

Michael Leddy said...

I just looked again: the Times article refers twice to refunds (and to “gift certificates” to apply to future Y events).