Steve Martin set for banjo tour
Steve Martin has revealed he prefers playing the banjo on stage to doing stand-up comedy.
The Hollywood comedian and actor, who is about to embark on a banjo tour of the US, said playing music on the road is different from telling jokes.
He said: "I much prefer playing music, because comedy, you're on stage, it never stops, it never stops being worrying - but a song lasts three minutes."
The 64-year-old said he fell in love with the banjo the first time he heard it during the 1960s folk-music craze.
"It was just the sound of it," he said. "It was like my ears were trying to part away the other instruments and focus on what is that instrument, and I've always loved it."
During a recent show he told the audience that he appreciates the banjo's "elements of sadness and melancholy - like the expression on my agent's face when I told him I wanted to do a banjo tour".
Steve is planning to keep up with writing (he has a novel coming out in November) and acting (his next film is The Big Year with Jack Black and Owen Wilson), and also his music.
"I like it all, but I'm finding that certainly music introduces me to a whole new group of people that I really, really like," he said. "It uses another part of my brain and it's just another experience for me, another discipline that's really fun and unusual."