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Cheech & Chong are a Grammy Award–winning comedy duo consisting of Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong who found a wide audience in the 1970s and 1980s for their films and stand-up routines, which were based on the hippie and free love era, and especially drug and counterculture movements, most notably their love for cannabis.
- 2 Additional notable media appearances
- 3 Future projects
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Mobile applications
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Richard "Cheech" Marin andTommy Chong in 1972.
The duo met in Vancouver, British Columbia in the late 1960s. Chong was a Canadian citizen, and Cheech had moved there from Southern California to avoid the draft at the height of the Vietnam War. The pair performed stand-up shows, released many successful comedy record albums, and starred in a series of low-budget films, becoming a successful comedy team. Some of their best-known comedy routines and songs include "Earache My Eye", "Basketball Jones", "Santa Claus and His Old Lady", and "Sister Mary Elephant". Perhaps their most famous line is "Dave's not here", from their self-titled debut album.
Their early success culminated with the release of their first feature-length movie, Up in Smoke, in 1978. It became something of a cult classic, and was also successful enough at the box office (grossing over $44 million despite a skinny budget) to warrant two sequels:Cheech & Chong's Next Movie in 1980, and Nice Dreams in 1981. These were followed by the less successful Things Are Tough All Over(1982) and Still Smokin (1983). The pair attempted a departure from their stoner comedy with 1984's Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers, a commercial failure that was panned by critics and fans alike.
Tommy Chong directed four of their films, while co-writing and starring in all seven with Cheech Marin.
In 1985 the duo released their album Get Out of My Room, which included the novelty hit song, "Born in East L.A." (based on Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."). This song would later serve as the basis for the 1987 film of the same name, in which Cheech Marin played the starring role. Immediately following the release of the album, Cheech Marin separated himself from the pair's drug-inspired act by working on a solo career.
After their contentious parting in the 1980s, the duo spent years without working together. In 1997, Chong made an appearance on Marin's TV series Nash Bridges, in an episode entitled "Wild Card", which contained a reference to their iconic "Dave" skit from their 1972 debut album. In 2000 both performers voiced characters in the animated television series South Park for the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", but their voices were recorded separately. Both Marin and Chong indicated in a 2003 episode of Biography that they were willing to reunite.
The duo had plans to reunite for another film when Chong's California-based company, Chong's Glass, was raided by federal officials in February 2003, as part of a federal crackdown on "drug-related paraphernalia". In a plea bargain which allowed his son and wife to remain out of jail, Chong pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia in May, and in September 2003 was sentenced to nine months in federal prison, fined $20,000, and forced to forfeit $120,000 in assets. He was released in July 2004.
With Chong released, the duo planned to resume production on a reunion film. A variety of titles were rumored, including Grumpy Old Stoners. But they announced in September 2005 that the reunion film had been canceled. Beginning in September 2008, Cheech and Chong reunited for a comedy tour which opened in Ottawa, making a radio appearance on The Bob & Tom Show. In March 2009, they recorded two shows at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio for a DVD release of the reunion tour.
In August 2012, Cheech & Chong appeared at the 13th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, IL.
On August 11, 1972, Mayor John Gatti of San Antonio declared August 11, 1972 "Cheech and Chong Day". That night "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong performed a set with Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. The duo had just released their second album Big Bambu in June which would earn a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy recording.
On June 28, 2000, Cheech & Chong voiced Chief Running Pinto and Carlos Ramirez in the South Park episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", Chief Running Pinto and Carlos Ramirez were fake native American doctors, selling medicine to the town of South Park.
On November 5, 2008, Cheech and Chong reunited for a timely message in a video on Funny or Die to encourage people to get out and vote on Wednesday, November 5, the day after the election. The video was titled "Cheech and Chong Get Out the Vote!"
On November 30, 2008, Cheech & Chong were honored during a roast special on TBS hosted by Brad Garrett which included other guests, among them Chong's wife. The event was filmed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas during The Comedy Festival.
On April 17, 2009, while on the Sydney leg of their "Cheech and Chong Light Up Australia" Tour, they had to delay the start of their show as it became the target of a drug operation by the New South Wales Police. About 25 police and four drug dogs were involved, searching around 50 people, with six people caught in possession of small amounts of cannabis. On October 24, 2009, Cheech & Chong hosted the main stage at the Smoke Out festival in San Bernardino, California.
On January 25, 2010, Cheech & Chong appeared on Lopez Tonight. During a singing segment they started to sing Mexican Americans,[clarification needed] but it turned into "Get It Legal", in reference to their current U.S. tour. On March 1, 2010, Cheech & Chong were the guest hosts of WWE Raw in Oklahoma City. On April 20, 2010 (4/20) Cheech and Chong's Hey, Watch This, the DVD filmed in San Antonio on March 14, 2009 was released.
In September 2011, Cheech & Chong appeared in a viral video posted on YouTube which at first appeared to be a trailer for a (non-existent) upcoming movie titled Cheech & Chong's Magic Brownie Adventure, but which at the end revealed itself to be a commercial for Fiber One 100-calorie snack brownies.
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On March 19, 2011, during their last show of the "Get It Legal" tour (Adler Theater, Davenport, Iowa) Cheech and Chong confirmed a new movie in production to be released in 2012.
An animated film based on their comedy albums is currently in development. In 2011, the makers of the animated film released the Facebook game Cheech & Chong's Animated Game. Gameplay derives from statistic games like Mafia Wars and asset management games like FarmVille. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 18, 2013, and on DVD/Blu-ray on April 23, 2013.
During a radio interview, Cheech and Chong stated that they had a script for a new film, and rapper/reggae musician Snoop Lion, who was there as well, proposed a cast consisting of the three of them, as well as rappers B-Real, Method Man, Redman, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y.
- Cheech & Chong (1971) US #28
- Big Bambu (1972) US #2
- Los Cochinos (1973) US #2
- Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album (1974) US #5
- Sleeping Beauty (1976) US #25
- Up in Smoke (soundtrack) 1979 US #162
- Let's Make a New Dope Deal (1980) US #173
- Get Out of My Room (1985) US #111
- Cheech & Chong's Greatest Hit (compilation, 1981)
- Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong (compilation, 2002)
- Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie! Musical Soundtrack (soundtrack, 2013)
- Up in Smoke (1978)
- Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980)
- Nice Dreams (1981)
- It Came from Hollywood (compilation, 1982)
- Things Are Tough All Over (1982)
- Still Smokin (1983)
- Yellowbeard (1983)
- Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984)
- Get Out of My Room (1985)
- After Hours (1985)
- Born in East LA (1987)
- Far Out Man (1990)
- Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This (documentary film about their 2008–09 reunion tour) (2010)
- Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie (2013)
- Up in Smoke 2 (TBA)
Cheech and Chong's The Fatty (2011)