Just a few weeks ago, we told you about Louis C.K.’s plan to release his little-seen directorial debut, Tomorrow Night, on his website, LouisCK.com. The black-and-white comedy premièred at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998, but never found wider release, and has never been distributed on any home video formats. Last night on The Late Show With David Letterman, C.K. announced the final release plan: Tomorrow Night will be available for download tomorrow at noon. Like the comedy specials he’s self-distributed to great financial success, the film will cost just five bucks.
Tomorrow Night features appearances from many of C.K.’s comedy buddies, including Todd Barry, Nick DiPaolo, Conan O’Brien, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Wanda Sykes, Amy Poehler, J.B. Smoove, Robert Smigel, and Steve Carell. The feature cost C.K., then primarily known as a writer and producer on shows like Late Night With Conan O’Brien and The Chris Rock Show, $180,000, and was partly funded through loans he begged out of other comedy buddies like Jon Stewart and Denis Leary. If the movie is actually a hit online, he has to pay them all back. C.K. has made millions selling hassle-free copies of his stand-up specials and tickets to comedy shows online, so it could ultimately turn out to be a shrewd (albeit slowly-recouped) investment.