Louis C.K. to self-release his first movie, featuring a pre-fame Steve Carell and Amy Poehler

Louis C.K. to self-release his first movie, featuring a pre-fame Steve Carell and Amy Poehler

Long before he became the sort of Emmy-winning director that cable networks pretty much turn themselves over to, Louis C.K. directed a movie full of his comic friends that came and went without making much of a ruckus. A movie that wasn’t Pootie Tang—that had lots of ruckus—but rather C.K.’s directorial debut Tomorrow Night, which screened at 1998’s Sundance Film Festival, then faded into legend immediately thereafter. But now, according to an interview he gave on Monday’s Tonight Show, C.K. plans to self-release it on his website sometime next month, pricing it at the $5 standard that C.K. has adopted like a Subway of comedy.

Besides being of interest to Louie fans, Tomorrow Night features pre-fame performances from Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, Wanda Sykes, and J.B. Smoove, Conan O’Brien in a small cameo as himself, and fellow funny people Todd Barry, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Robert Smigel in assorted roles. It stars Chuck Sklar, C.K.’s co-writer on The Chris Rock Show, as a lonely photo-shop employee (awww, 1998) with an unusually unhealthy relationship to ice cream, whose quest for a form of non-dairy companionship leads him to a much older woman. You can watch a trailer for it below. That’s Lucky Louie co-star Rick Shapiro in old lady drag.


As C.K. explained to Jay Leno, he still owes money from Tomorrow Night to his investors—some $10,000 apiece to Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Denis Leary, Spike Feresten, and Brett Butler. So make sure to pitch in your $5, so they can finally get paid back. Brett Butler would probably appreciate it. [via ScreenCrush]