Bernie Mac says he intends to retire from stand-up comedy after 30 years.

The 49-year-old comic - real name Bernard McCullogh - made the announcement Monday March 19 on David Letterman's U.S. television talk show.

He says the move will allow him to continue producing and acting in films, while spending more time at home.

Later this year, he'll release his final performance film, The Whole Truth, Nothing But The Truth, So Help Me Mac.

Bernie Mac's next film, the sports drama Pride, opens March 23 in the United States.