According to C.K., HBO provided him with $50,000 to make a print of the film. C.K. wanted to leave his position at The Chris Rock Show (1997) and Rock told HBO that he would quit the series if C.K. did not return. C.K. told HBO that he would return to the show if they gave him the money to print the film. C.K. was able to take the print to the Sundance Film Festival and returned for another season of the show.
In the midst of production, Louis C.K. ran out of money for the film's budget. He showed a clip of the film during an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) and asked for investors to help him finish the film. He received the money he needed.