How embarrassing. Steve Martin–stand-up comic, actor, author, banjo player, raconteur and all-around funny man–was so boring during a live appearance recently that the venue is giving everyone their money back.
Martin was interviewed on Nov. 29, 1010, as part of the prestigious, lively interview series at the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
It turns out that the evening was so boring that the Y has offered all 900 audience members a full refund of their $50 tickets, The New York Times reports.
Martin was interviewed by Deborah Solomon, who writes a weekly interview column for The Times.
According to the report, "Midway through the conversation, a Y representative handed Ms. Solomon a note asking her to talk more about Mr. Martin’s career and, implicitly, less about the art world, the subject of his latest novel, ‘An Object of Beauty.’"
But apparently it was too late once the pair got around to talking about Martin’s career.
The next day 92nd Street Y Executive Director Sol Adler sent out the following email to all of the night’s ticket holders: “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 St. Y. We planned for a more comprehensive discussion and we, too, were disappointed with the evening. We will be mailing you a $50 certificate for each ticket you purchased to last night’s event. The gift certificate can be used toward future 92Y events, pending availability.”
Solomon told The Times in an email: “I had no idea that the Y programmers wanted me to talk to Steve instead on what it’s like to host the Oscars or appear in ‘It’s Complicated’ with Alec Baldwin. I think the Y, which is supposedly a champion of the arts, has behaved very crassly and is reinforcing the most philistine aspects of a culture that values celebrity and award shows over art.”
Martin told The Times that "he was taken aback by the Y’s response, describing it as ‘discourteous’ and adding, ‘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.”