“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.”TL;DR: Actor-comedian-musician-writer-Oscar host Steve Martin talked too much about art and literature and did not give the masses enough jokes or stories about hosting the Oscars.
While Steve Martin disappointed his audience with literary conversation without setting out to do so, Andy Kaufman was far more deliberate with his Great Gatsby prank.
Of course, these same people who are receiving a refund would probably spend a hundred dollars to see Andy Kaufman perform that act again.