Actor Steve Martin says no to stand-up

Los Angeles: Funnyman Steve Martin is not returning to the “lonely world" of stand-up comedy.

The 65-year-old actor says he no longer has the stamina to keep up with what he calls the "young man`s gig".

The `Father of the Bride` star first found fame on the live comedy circuit in the 1970s and went on to land guest spots on top US shows Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show
starring Johnny Carson.

But he decided to turn his back on the industry after making a name for himself in Hollywood, and Martin insists he has no desire to stage a comeback because the life of a
stand-up comic is too lonely.

"I`m done with that. That`s a young man`s gig, it`s very trying. I was in my 30s and I did it for about seven years before that and it`s a very lonely life because you`re alone on stage... (and) you`re essentially alone all the time," Martin said in the US talk show ‘The View`.

The actor, who has hosted the Oscars many times, has since kept himself occupied with writing, acting and banjo-playing.