Steve Martin - Martin Angry Over Show Refund

STEVE MARTIN is upset after learning his fans were offered a refund over a flop discussion session with the funnyman earlier this week (begs29Nov10).
The actor was interviewed by New York Times Sunday writer Deborah Solomon in front of an audience at the 92nd Street Y venue in Manhattan on Monday evening (29Nov10).
However, the hour-long chat centred mainly on Martin's passion for art rather than his star status - and organisers offered ticket-holders their money back.
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 admits he's upset over the incident, describing the refund offer as "discourteous".
He tells 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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This is not surprising. No one cares about Steve Martin the art critic. Being an art critic is not how he made his name, sharing a motel room with John Candy is how he made it. Sounds like a refund was in order.
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This is what's stupid...The American people always expecting to get what they want and cry like children when they do not get it! No wonder the world and country are in such disarry. People are so immature, ignorant, and self-centered!Yes Steve Martin is a funny guy, but that does not make up his entire being. The part that's not funny and appreciates art also completes the make up of the man you people thought was hilarious! Shame on all you attendees, and all you hypocrites out there that say you love Steve Martin...just not all of him!
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I like Steve Martin. I've always admired his work, and his DIVERSITY. It seems to me, if fans were willing to purchase a $50 ticket to see someone INTERVIEWED, not ENTERTAIN, they would familiarize themselves with current works of the artist to ascertain their interest level. Honestly, people need to learn to live with disappointment for their ignorant decisions, rather than expect a refund. If I were Steve Martin, I wouldn't consider returning to the venue. Hats off Steve, this whole fiasco has given me a laugh!
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Too bad the article did not say how many requested their money back. That would have told us if the audience was really bored or if the producers just had their own agenda.
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hey guys...all i have to say is, if the event was booked to have a funny guy,(be funny)...they should have told the funny guy. but if they booked the event to talk to and learn more of what is behind the funny guy's persona...granted!!!i thing a lack of communication falls into play here...personally martin has made me wiz myself a million times!!! it would be even greater to learn what makes the man!and if i payed 50.00 bucks to be in a great man's presence...funny or intrigeing, it would be money well spent!!!the promoters of the event should be scrutinized here...the the talent!
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Ja, ja, ich muss zustimmen! If they say give me 50 dollars to listen to Steve Martin talking about art, I know not to buy the ticket. Also if they say 10 dollars, still, I don't wish the ticket, thank you. Maybe if they say they give ME $10 - give it to me at the beginning because if it gets too scheisslangweilig I am out! Next they want $50 to hear him talking about unemployment and pollution?
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Having met Mr. Martin in St Louis and talked to him for a long time before a concert, where I was doing security. I found him to be a man who is quite, extremely intelligent, and one of the top 5 most talented Banjo players in the world. I believe people who only want to see people acting stupid are just people who are stupid in general. And, there in.. is the real act of Mr. Martins interview and comic talent. For the peoples anger over his show is the real laugh out loud moment. They should realize that and thank him for an enjoyable time.
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If the show is not good! then why put it on in the first place???????????????????????????????????
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