Louis C.K.’s 1998 feature directorial debut “Tomorrow Night” is now available for $5 from the comedian’s website. The 16mm black and white film, which C.K. wrote and directed, premiered at Sundance but was never picked up by a distributor, and C.K.’s now in a place where he could pay for a digital transfer and release it online himself, as he’s done with his own comedy specials.
C.K. appeared on “The Daily Show” last night to talk about finally releasing the film with Jon Stewart, who gave the then-struggling CK $5,000 toward finishing the feature back in the ’90s (“If you want money for your project… he doesn’t say no,” C.K. told the crowd). With his usual unstinting honesty and self-deprecation, C.K. describes the film as “a little hard to watch now” due to its strangeness, calling it a “weird relic” and also just “technically a movie.” Of “Daily Show” alum Steve Carell and Robert Smigel, who are featuring in the clip Stewart plays first, the host says “You broke them in their careers — you were the one, and now you’re releasing it.” “That’s right,” C.K. agrees. “They were all broken by this film that no one’s ever seen.”
Check out the extended interview with C.K. from “The Daily Show” in two parts, below. Stewart shot his own directorial debut, “Rosewater,” this past summer.