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Cheech & Chong

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Cheech & Chong are a 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 culture movements, most notably their love for cannabis.


The duo released many successful comedy 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 all-time 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. Relatively successful, it became something of a cult classic and was successful enough to warrant a sequel, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, in 1980, and Nice Dreams in 1981. These were followed by Things Are Tough All Over and Still Smokin' . The pair attempted to shy away from stoner comedy with 1984's Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers but the film was universally panned by critics and fans alike.

Tommy Chong directed four of their films, while co-writing and starring in all seven with Cheech Marin.

They also appeared in smaller supporting roles in Graham Chapman's Yellowbeard and Martin Scorsese's After Hours.

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.

Chong also appeared in the hit sitcom "That '70s Show" as Leo, the owner of the Foto Hut.

After their contentious parting in the 1980s, the duo had a less-than-stellar friendship. Chong recalled going to Cheech's birthday party in 1994 and seeing Cheech "on the couch with his arm around his wife like we had just met. It wasn't comfortable."

They somewhat reunited in 2000 to voice characters in the animated television series South Park for the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", though their voices were recorded separately. In 1997, Chong also made an appearance on the show Nash Bridges, which Cheech co-starred alongside Don Johnson. He appeared on an episode entitled "Wild Card", which also featured Philip Michael Thomas, who was Don Johnson's co-star on the popular '80s show Miami Vice. The episode contained a reference to their iconic "Dave" skit from their 1972 debut album. Both Cheech and Chong indicated in an 2003 episode of Biography that they were willing to reunite.

The duo had plans to reunite for another film when Tommy Chong's California-based company, Chong's Glass, was raided by federal officials on February 25, 2003, as part of a federal crackdown on "drug-related paraphernalia." Tommy Chong pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia in May and on September 11, 2003, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison, fined US$20,000, and forced to forfeit US$120,000 in assets. He served the time between October 8, 2003 and July 7, 2004. Chong agreed to a plea bargain which allowed his son and wife to remain out of jail.

With Chong released, the duo planned to resume production on their latest opus. A variety of titles were rumored, including Grumpy Old Stoners. Cheech and Chong announced on September 8, 2005 that the reunion film had been canceled. In a 2007 interview, Chong hinted that the reunion may be back on.

Beginning September 5, 2008, Cheech and Chong reunited for a comedy tour. which opened in Ottawa. On September 19, 2008, they appeared on The Bob and Tom Show. On March 14, 2009, Cheech and Chong recorded two shows at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX for a DVD release of the reunion tour.

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Name Duration Released
Bloat On 00:00 1980
Rainbow Bar & Grill 00:00 1980
China Town 00:00 1980
Disco Disco 00:00 1980
Queer Wars 00:00 1980
Strawberry's 00:00 1979
Ajax Lady 00:00 1979
Searchin' 00:00 1979
Framed 00:00 1979
1st Gear, 2nd Gear 00:00 1979
Low Rider 00:00 1979
Up in Smoke 00:00 1979
Finkelstein Shit Kid 00:00 1979
Pedro and Man at the Drive-Inn 12:44 08/1973
Up His Nose 03:24 08/1973
Peter Rooter 00:00 08/1973
Sergeant Stadanko 06:31 08/1973
Trippin' In Court 05:56 08/1971
Vietnam 03:07 08/1971
Acapulco Gold Filters 02:50 08/1971
Wink Dinkerson 02:58 08/1971
Blind Melon Chitlin' 04:22 08/1971
I'm Not Home Right Now 00:00
Dorm Radio I 00:00
Born In East L.A. 00:00
Love Is Strange 00:00
Sushi Bar 00:00





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