Steve Martin did not want to do The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Fresh off of doing standup for the first time in 35 years, Martin appeared on The Tonight Show on Monday night to promote Bright Star, a musical he cowrote with Edie Brickell that is not about John Keats and Fanny Brawne. But there was one hitch: Martin did not want to go on because he has run out of clever anecdotes. “I used up all my stories, when I was in my 40s/But now I’m 52 years old and I don’t want to do this show,” he sang.

Martin eventually got over it, went on, and talked to Fallon about what it was like to do standup after all that time: