It’s True What They Say About the Y

The 92nd St. Y unleashed a mammoth Fall schedule of comedy icons who are dropping in to greet their legions, A some Qs, hawk their wares, and reminisce about each and every moment of their lives. Amongst them are: Stephen Colbert, Steve Martin, Charles Grodin, Larry David, and oh, hello, Alan Alda!


September 5, 8 pm – Michael Palin talks about his Monty Python days and his adventures traveling the globe.

September 6, 8 pm – Making a rare public appearance, Larry David talks with Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Susie Essman. SOLD OUT, some press tickets available

September 23, 7:30 pm – Alan Alda talks over his career and his news book, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself with Roger Rosenblatt.

October 23, 8 pm – It’s not enough to be an Emmy Award-winning comedian, the idol of the Colbert Nation and a featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Now Stephen Colbert has written I Am America (And So Can You!), and he’s coming to the Y to talk about it.

October 29, 8:15 pm – Gather for an evening of scary and mysterious story-telling with Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. Kid-friendly event.

November 6, 8 pm – Is there a Jewish sense of humor? If so, how has it informed American humor at large? Judy Gold and Jackie Hoffman take on Jews and the American punch line.

November 7, 8 pm – Incredibly, the presidential election is still a year away. If that alarms you, come hear award-winning satirist Andy Borowitz of The New Yorker as he takes a look at the highs and lows we’ve already seen in this campaign, and the ones that still await us. Joining Borowitz will be a panel of comedians, journalists and newsmakers.

December 5, 1 pm – Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury is as trenchant, sharp and funny as it was when it began in 1970. He talks over what’s on his mind with journalist and commentator Roger Rosenblatt.

December 9, 7:30 pm – He’s an Emmy and Grammy winner, has written movies, novels and plays, has starred in countless films and made numerous television appearances. Lines from his routines have become part of everyday language. Oh, and he’s funny, too – Steve Martin.

December 18, 8:15 pm – Charles Grodin has been gleaning stories of famous, successful people who have made mistakes that ended up teaching them something valuable. He may even have made some himself. He’ll discuss the plus side of messing up with Dr. Gail Saltz.

Founded in 1874 by a group of visionary Jewish leaders, the 92nd Street Y has grown into a wide-ranging cultural, educational and community center serving people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds. The 92nd Street Y’s mission is to enrich the lives of the over 300,000 people who visit each year — both in person and through the Y’s satellite, television, radio and Internet broadcasts. The organization offers comprehensive performing arts, film and spoken word events; courses in the humanities, the arts, personal development and Jewish culture; activities and workshops for children, teenagers and parents; and health and fitness programs for people of every age. Committed to making its programs available to everyone, the 92nd Street Y awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually and reaches out to 8,000 public school children through fully-subsidized arts education programs.