Sixteen years after its Sundance premiere, Louis C.K.‘s feature directing debut Tomorrow Night is getting a release – and the wait could pay off for the Louie star. He wrote and directed the black and white 16mm dark comedy, about a photo shop owner obsessed with ice cream, and took it to festivals back in 1998. But according to C.K., distributors balked and the movie sat fading into obscurity in his storage locker. (Three years later C.K. directed the underrated Pootie Tang, his only other helmed feature to date.) Since then the once-struggling comedy and TV writer has hit success with his stand-up specials and FX series. He also notably put out his 2011 comedy special Live At The Beacon Theater on his own website for $5 a pop, trusting fans not to pirate it, and took in $1M with the self-release strategy. Today C.K. followed suit with Tomorrow Night which is now available for download for $5. The film stars comedians Robert Smigel, Chuck Sklar, Rick Shapiro, Heather Morgan, Nick Diapolo, Martha Greenhouse, Greg Hahn, Carey Prusa and Joseph Dolphin and features a number of future comedy stars in small roles including Amy Poehler, J.B. Smoove, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, and Conan O’Brien. C.K. recently hit the promo circuit and stopped by The Daily Show with old pal Jon Stewart, who lent C.K. money to make the movie years ago as did Chris Rock, Denis Leary, Spike Feresten and Brett Butler. Take a peek at Tomorrow Night‘s trailer and take a guess if they’ll make their investment back:
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