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Comedian Conversation Falls Flat at 92nd Street Y
NY Times ^ | December 1, 2010 | FELICIA R. LEE

Posted on 12/02/2010 9:16:33 AM PST by Pharmboy


Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
Some viewers of an interview with Steve Martin on Monday
apparently thought that it dwelt too much on the art world.

In the history of intellectual chatter, the events of Nov. 29, 2010, at the 92nd Street Y will be archived under disaster. Or comedy.

That night, a conversation between Steve Martin, the writer and actor, and Deborah Solomon, who writes a weekly interview column for The New York Times Magazine, resulted in the Y’s sending out a next-day apology, along with a promise of a refund.

Mr. Martin, in Miami for a book event, said in an e-mail on Wednesday that Ms. Solomon “is an outstanding interviewer,” adding that “we have appeared together before in Washington, D.C., in a similar circumstance to great success.”

But Sol Adler, the Y’s executive director, saw it differently. “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,” he wrote in an e-mail to ticket holders. “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.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Humor; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: deborahsolomon; libs; media; stevemartin
My Schadenfreude is overflowing...to get hits on the Times (Solomon) AND the 92nd St Y with one event is almost too good to be true. BTW, the 92nd St Y is one important center of NY lib intellectual and art life.
1 posted on 12/02/2010 9:16:37 AM PST by Pharmboy
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To: neverdem; aculeus; wagglebee; SunkenCiv; Borges; sitetest

Random ping...


2 posted on 12/02/2010 9:18:09 AM PST by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: Pharmboy

“You can trust me. I have my birth-control glasses on.”


3 posted on 12/02/2010 9:20:38 AM PST by tumblindice (I'm conservative, not Republican)
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To: Pharmboy

Maybe they’ll reschedule an interview with Navin Johnson — I’m sure it will be much more satisfying and enlightening!


4 posted on 12/02/2010 9:21:26 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: The Comedian

We can’t take you anywhere nowadays, can we?


5 posted on 12/02/2010 9:22:23 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (We conservatives will always lose elections as long as we allow the MSM to choose our candidates.)
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To: Pharmboy; All

Of course the intellectuals aren’t satisfied, Mr. Martin isn’t taking this interview at all seriously by his expression


6 posted on 12/02/2010 9:24:30 AM PST by j.argese (Boycott Nevada.)
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To: j.argese

Yep. “Who is this clown that’s interviewing me?” is the attitude that I’m seeing.


7 posted on 12/02/2010 9:33:27 AM PST by wbill
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To: Pharmboy
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

So what happened? Did he criticize Obama or something?

8 posted on 12/02/2010 9:37:49 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Pharmboy

Perhaps they ought to have taken a bit more time to explain certain things to the audience.

9 posted on 12/02/2010 9:40:40 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Pharmboy
It is a short article and quite funny Miz Solomon gets very annoyed!!! Well worth reading.
10 posted on 12/02/2010 9:43:18 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: PghBaldy

I don’t know if you’ve ever read her interviews in the Sunday Times Magazine, but she comes across as extremely obnoxious. To lefties, she generally has one obnoxious/tough question while to non-lefties fully half of her questions are confrontational.


11 posted on 12/02/2010 9:47:36 AM PST by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: Pharmboy; Revolting cat!
“I was joking,” she said. “I said, ‘Steve, we blew it.’ ” Mr. Martin went on to answer “six or seven” written questions from the audience about his film and television career before ending the one-hour talk at 9 p.m.

"Remember that time you were in 'Planes Trains And Automobiles' and said 'Those aren't pillows!!!'? That was great."


12 posted on 12/02/2010 9:51:20 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: The Comedian

ping


13 posted on 12/02/2010 9:51:20 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 680 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

LMAO


14 posted on 12/02/2010 9:55:01 AM PST by Homer1
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To: Cyber Liberty
If you're expecting a refund from me, find a comfortable place to sit while you wait forever...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

15 posted on 12/02/2010 10:05:15 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Pharmboy

He’s an art collector...he wrote a book on art that has just come out....seems to me her job as an interviewer is to ask him about art, at least for 1/2 the interview.


16 posted on 12/02/2010 10:14:41 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Yes...exactly right; however, the audience was expecting her to ask about his movie and TV roles. It seems the entire interview was on the book. Even “sophisticated” NY audiences want the gossipy stuff...


17 posted on 12/02/2010 10:32:00 AM PST by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: Pharmboy

The writing in this article is terrible. The problem with print journalism today is not only the liberal bias, but that most “journalists” just can’t write a decent article.


18 posted on 12/02/2010 10:44:13 AM PST by gramho12
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To: nuconvert

I read the article, she was asking him that. The Y’s directors told her to quit that art thing. Poor Steve, nobody ever thinks of him as more than a slapstick comedian. The don’t want to hear about the art, about the A-grade banjo playing (he has some albums out), or his successful career as a playwright.


19 posted on 12/02/2010 10:44:21 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Pharmboy
Ha! The Y is refunding in shin plasters from the company store. Some refund.
20 posted on 12/02/2010 11:01:32 AM PST by 4yearlurker
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To: Pharmboy

I recall Solomon was criticized for “editing” her interviews.


21 posted on 12/02/2010 11:50:51 AM PST by aculeus
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To: Pharmboy

The name if familiar, but maybe I am confusing her with someone else. I’m sure I have read her before, as I occasionally read the NYT, and am interested in “art”.


22 posted on 12/03/2010 6:12:40 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: aculeus

There is a disclaimer on her interviews that says she does edit them...her nastiness is legend: esp. to anyone to the right of Lenin.


23 posted on 12/03/2010 7:50:43 AM PST by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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