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Before becoming a super successful TV writer/director/producer/actor and everyone’s favorite stand-up comedian, Louis C.K. was writing scripts for everyone. He wrote for people like David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Dana Carvey, and Chris Rock, and won Emmy’s for it too. C.K. also dabbled in filmmaking, though he was less successful there. His feature film Tomorrow Night, which actually debuted at Sundance, never got picked up for distribution. But now, 16 years later, C.K. is releasing the movie, hoping you’ll pay $5 to watch it online.

Tomorrow Night stars Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes and more, who at the time (1998) were not well-known. The premise of the movie goes like this:

“Charles is the owner of a photo-shop. He is not too friendly and spends his evenings alone, and one day he finally decides to get a social life. He meets elderly Florence, who is tormented by her gambling husband Lester and longs for the son Willie she hasn’t seen or heard of for 20 years.”

Here’s the trailer, via /Film:

Last night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, C.K. announced that he would be releasing Tomorrow Night on his website – louisck.net – for $5. He told Leno:

“I have a movie that I made in ’98, which is 15 years ago now, it’s the first movie that I made. It’s called ‘Tomorrow Night’ and it went to Sundance and all this stuff, but it never got released, ever. And I’m putting it out for $5 on my web site. It’s a big, funny movie. And you can see it starting in February.”

This means you’ll just have to pay the equivalent of a Venti Starbucks drink to watch a very funny person’s first movie. Last year, C.K. did something exactly the same to this by selling his latest comedy special Live at the Beacon Theater for $5 online. The outcome? Well, the comedy special has made over $500K on the web, bringing him a profit of $200K so far, so he can keep flying first-class for a little while longer.

What do you think of C.K.’s method? Will you be spending your Starbucks money to watch Tomorrow Night?

[other source: The Next Web]