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."