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Watch Steve Martin Use a Song to Delay His Tonight Show Appearance

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Steve Martin is no stranger to late night television appearances, but on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he finally decided he’d had enough. The comedian was slotted to talk about Bright Star, the Broadway musical he co-created with Edie Brickell, but got cold feet right before he was supposed to go on stage. Instead, he stayed in his dressing room and sang a song about why he was stalling called “I Don’t Want to Do This Show.”

“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,” Martin, who is actually 70, sang . “I’ve got plenty to promote, but I’ve got no anecdotes. I guess I’ll do the best I can.”

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He went on to lament the fact that he had used up all of his good material during previous late night appearances. “I only agreed to come on this show February 29th because I thought that date didn’t exist,” he said. “I’ve got nothing interesting left to talk about. I knew I shouldn’t have done Letterman 589 times.”

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