Come February, Jay Leno will be handing over the The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon, so comedian Louis C.K. made sure his last interview on the late night show was a good one. Ostensibly there to promote his small role in the award-winning American Hustle, the comic auteur used his time to announce the online release of his largely unseen 1998 directorial debut Tomorrow Night.
Filmed over 15 years ago on a shoestring budget, black-and-white comedy Tomorrow Night showed at the Sundance Film Festival but never found wide release despite featuring future comic stars like Steve Carrell, Amy Poehler and Conan O’Brien. As C.K. told Leno last night, the entire project was financed by the comedian himself and friends like Jon Stewart and Chris Rock. “I owe all these people money now,” he said.
Like his digitally distributed stand-up specials Live at the Beacon Theater and Oh My God, the feature film be available for download through C.K.’s website for $5, a model that has reportedly earned the comic over a million dollars. Unfortunately, he didn’t set a release date for Tomorrow Night, but watch the full interview below to see both C.K.’s announcement and his a heartfelt goodbye to Leno: