Skip to comments.Comedian Conversation Falls Flat at 92nd Street Y
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 Ys 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 Ys executive director, saw it differently. We acknowledge that last nights 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 nights event. The gift certificate can be used toward future 92Y events, pending availability.
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“You can trust me. I have my birth-control glasses on.”
Maybe they’ll reschedule an interview with Navin Johnson — I’m sure it will be much more satisfying and enlightening!
We can’t take you anywhere nowadays, can we?
Of course the intellectuals aren’t satisfied, Mr. Martin isn’t taking this interview at all seriously by his expression
Yep. “Who is this clown that’s interviewing me?” is the attitude that I’m seeing.
So what happened? Did he criticize Obama or something?
Perhaps they ought to have taken a bit more time to explain certain things to the audience.
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.
"Remember that time you were in 'Planes Trains And Automobiles' and said 'Those aren't pillows!!!'? That was great."
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.
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...
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.
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.
I recall Solomon was criticized for “editing” her interviews.
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”.
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.
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