They’re the original originals, the pioneers of the stoner comedy. They’re the guys driving the van made completely out of pot and they’ve had so many ‘hits’ they really don’t need an introduction, man.
I grew up watching Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s films on Beta tapes with my parents, laughing at the hijinks but not really getting the full picture until ‘high’ school. When my dad consolidated his vinyl collection to make room for cassette tapes, I secretly lifted Cheech & Chong, their first LP comedy album, from the sale box and still have it to this day.
They’ve starred in more than a dozen films together and released numerous sketch comedy records, including the Grammy Award Winning Los Cochinos. The duo had a falling out for a while but that didn’t keep them from finding solo success.
Chong played the Squirrel Master in Half Baked and may be best known to this generation for his portrayal of the stoner Leo in That 70’s Show while Cheech starred in Nash Bridges and played estranged father to the lovable Island-hero Hurley from (my favorite television show of all time) LOST. Cheech also frequently collaborates with director Robert Rodriguez and has appeared in most of his films from Desperado to Spy Kids to Machete.
The duo has since reunited and is showing a true return to form with a live comedy tour, a new film and a new album of original music. I had the tremendous pleasure of speaking with these legends about Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie and after more than forty [!] years of comedy, they’re still smokin’… but Dave’s still not here, man.
Listen to our exclusive interview with Cheech and Chong…
Fans will have the opportunity to speak with Cheech & Chong today to celebrate 4/20 with Google Hangout, Facebook, Livestream, Reddit and Twitter #CC420.
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