Woody Allen mulls return to standup comedy
LOS ANGELES, California (AFP) - Woody Allen says he is considering a return to standup comedy, four decades after he gave up the nightclub circuit and launched a celebrated filmmaking career.
The idea came when he watched legendary comic Mort Sahl at New York's famous Cafe Carlyle last month, he told trade journal Variety, in an interview to mark the release of his latest movie, Blue Jasmine.
"Mort Sahl is the guy who inspired me to go on stage for the first time in my life, and when I saw him the other night, I had that feeling again of, 'I can do this'," he said, adding that he looked up recordings of some of Sahl's old routines.
"I thought, 'Gee, it would be nice to get up there and do that again'," added the 77-year-old - while stressing that live comedy is in some ways a lot tougher than the gentle humor of his movies.