Louis C.K. took a huge personal and creative risk with Horace and Pete, his bittersweet, topical and poignant working class dramedy revolving around a Brooklyn bar that has been owned by the same family since 1916 – and always run by a Horace and a Pete (modern Horace is played by C.K and his cousin Pete by co-star Steve Buscemi). C.K. not only funded the series out of his own pocket and released it for sale exclusively through his website, he also made the show in secret, surprise-releasing it in January of this year.

Those risks paid off for him as Horace and Pete was met by critical acclaim and made its money back. C.K. appeared at an Awardsline screening of Horace and Pete last week with Deadline’s Dominic Patten to talk at length about the series which he also wrote and directed as well as starred in. The talk covered a lot of topics, but in the clip above, C.K. discusses the creative process behind the series on which he wore so many different hats.

As befits the creative independence of the show, C.K. followed up the success of Horace and Pete by announcing in April that the series had concluded with its tenth episode. Fortunately for fans, C.K. later decided to consider further seasons of the show, which he’ll produce if he feels he has the right story on which to move forward.