Horace and Pete was one of 2016’s nicer surprises, a bittersweet, working class dramedy made in secret by creator-star Louis C.K. that debuted to almost no fanfare on his website earlier this year. But one of the biggest surprises was the stellar cast he assembled to star with him, including Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Edie Falco, Steven Wright, Kurt Metzger, and Jessica Lange.

Not bad for a production C.K. funded himself.

At a recent Awardsline screening for Horace and Pete, C.K., making his only appearance in L.A. for Emmys season, talked at length about landing the all-star cast for the show, which ended its run in April just as quietly as it premiered. Watch a video above of that portion of his chat with Deadline’s Dominic Patten before a sold out house.

Having debuted online on January 30, a new episode of the topical and poignant Horace and Pete premiered every week afterwards until April 2, when the 10th episode was released. In a near perfect setting, the series revolves around a Brooklyn bar that has been owned by the same family since 1916 – and always run by a Horace and a Pete. In this iteration, Horace is played by C.K and his cousin Pete by Buscemi. Falco portrays Horace’s sister Sylvia, who also has a stake in the joint and would like to see it sold and cash out. Discuss.