Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Birthday! Tommy Chong Turns 79 Years Old

The dopemaster, Tommy Chong, turned 79 today. Tommy was born May 24th, 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rae Dawn Chong's Ex-Husband Dies in Plane Crash

Yesterday, a plane went missing in the Bermuda Triangle.

The people on board were identified as pilot Nathan Ulrich, 52, his reported girlfriend, Jennifer Blumin, the 40-year-old founder of event management company, Skylight Group, and her two sons, four-year-old Phineas and two-year-old Theodore.

Nathan Ulrich was Rae Dawn Chong's (Tommy Chong's daughter) ex-husband.  They were married from 2011-2014.

The 56-year-old Chong told the Daily News that she was certain the mishap was caused by an equipment malfunction.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cheech and Chong's Next Movie Coming to Blu-ray

On June 13th, Cheech and Chong's Next Movie is finally coming to Blu-ray.   Is Blu-ray still a thing?

Unfortunately, there are no deleted scenes.

Special Features:

  • NEW Interview with Cheech Marin 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Radio Spots

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cheech to Star with Robert De Niro

Cheech Marin has joined the cast of Robert Di Nero's new film, The War with Grandpa.

"Tim Hill is set to direct the adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s 1984 novel, which follows a young boy who loves his grandpa Ed (De Niro). But when his grandfather’s wife dies, he has to move in with his grandson and takes his room — much to the youngster’s dismay, who plots a series of pranks to drive him out."

Cheech will portray Ed's friend.

Sounds like a really corny movie.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

One of Best Interviews Ever Conducted with Tommy Chong

Last week, Steve Bloom (Celeb Stoner) interviewed Tommy Chong at ICBC Berlin 2017 in Berlin, Germany.  We typically see are a couple sentences in newspapers where Cheech and Chong are promoting their upcoming gig.

This is the first time I've seen a long-form format with Tommy Chong in which his responses weren't one-liners from his stand-up routine.

At one point, Steve plays Tommy the song he co-wrote while he was in Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers...Does Your Mama Know About Me?  Tommy looks so proud taking a trip down memory lane.

Steve Bloom didn't ask any hard/controversial questions, but this probably wasn't the appropriate forum.

For instance, Steve should have pressed Tommy for the real story behind the sketch Dave's Not Here.

Other than that, this interview is excellent.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Merry Jane Interviews Tommy Chong Part One

Merry Jane magazine posted Part 1 of a 3 part interview with Tommy Chong.  Tommy was promoting his marijuana brand, Chong's Choice.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Geraldo Rivera at Cheech Marin Book Read

Cheech Marin was in New York City last week promoting his new autobiography, Cheech Is Not My Real Name...But Don't Call Me Chong!.   He did a book read at Barnes and Noble which was introduced by Geraldo Rivera.  The Q&A session was hosted by SiriusXM's Jeffrey Gurian.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cheech and Chong to be in Netflix Show

This past week, Cheech and Chong, filmed an episode of the upcoming Netflix show, Disjointed.  Disjointed is about a mom, Kathy Bates, who runs her own marijuana dispensary with the help of her three sons.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Cheech Details the Horrors of Working with Tommy Chong in his New Memoir

Richard Cheech Marin's autobiography, Cheech Is Not My Real Name...But Don't Call Me Chong!, will be released March 14th.  In it, Cheech says got tired of dealing with 'some f***ing Tommy s**t' from the 'world's humblest megalomaniac.'  He goes on to say they were never best friends, they were like brothers.

However, friendship and partnership imploded after Chong wanted to be the 'star director' and everything be 'his idea' He claims that after Up in Smoke, the offers started coming for Cheech, but not for Tommy. He says he turned down the offers because he didn't want to separate the act.  Yet, this still agitated Tommy.

We don't know if this is mentioned in the book, but a big part of the problem is Shelby Chong's dismay over Cheech's alleged marital issues.  We also heard that allegedly Cheech and Tommy were going to sign a movie deal while Tommy was in prison, but Cheech would only sign if Shelby wasn't involved in the picture.

They mostly got back together because of money.  Cheech had two divorces and Chong had his legal bills.  Chong had this site repeatedly send emails to Cheech encouraging him to reunite.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cheech Marin to Speak in Santa Monica

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica and DIESEL, A Bookstore present Richard "Cheech" Marin live, and on stage, on March 30 at 7:30pm. Marin will be discussing and signing his new memoir, Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong, with Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer who covers culture for the Los Angeles Times. The memoir will be released on March 14. Each ticket purchase also includes a copy of Marin’s memoir.

Cheech Marin came of age at an interesting time in America. He became a self-made counterculture legend with his other half, Tommy Chong. His insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career with roles in The Lion King and Jane the Virgin, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world.
Jane Deknatel, Director, Performing Arts Center, said, "We are pleased to be presenting Cheech Marin, a preeminent force in American culture, as part of a new partnership with DIESEL, A Bookstore. This partnership is an avenue to find the intersection of the performing arts with a parallel world of ideas and culture. Our new partnership with DIESEL can allow our audience a way to think about our present and our future, to share the ideas that we learn from books and periodicals with a larger community, and explore the collision of artistic mediums as exemplified by our guest speaker.”

John Evans, owner of DIESEL, A Bookstore, said, "We are always looking for ways to expand our ability for the public to interact with authors, and to bring them and their ideas and thoughts to a larger community. At 530 seats, The Broad Stage gives us considerably more access to this audience than in our store, and gives even a larger public a live experience with the world of Cheech Marin. We live in a time in which the tactile experience – a physical book, a vinyl record, an in person appearance – are increasing in their importance from people who want something more than having the experience of the world from a small low-fi hand held device. I welcome the opportunity to become part of The Broad Stage community and for them to become part of ours.”
Primarily known as an actor, a director, and a performer, Cheech Marin has developed what is arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art. Much of it formed the core of his traveling exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 15‐city tour during 2001‐2007 to major art museums across the United States. He states, "Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term ‘Chicano’ to the forefront of the art world.” This focus is what led to his touring exhibitions, The Chicano Collection/La Colección Chicana: Fine Art Prints by Modern Multiples and Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin. He has also produced exhibitions for LACMA (Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A.) and the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi (Menudo: Chicano Art from the Cheech Marin Collection). His exhibition, Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, began its national tour in 2011 and is booked at venues in the U.S. and Europe through 2015

Tickets are on sale at online at www.thebroadstage.com and by calling 310-434-3200. Each ticket purchase also includes a copy of Cheech Marin’s Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong.
About Cheech Marin
A third‐generation Mexican American, Cheech has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of Latinos, including the 2000 Creative Achievement Award from the Imagen Foundation and the 1999 ALMA Community Service Award from the National Council of La Raza and Kraft Foods. In 2007, he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts for his contributions to the creative arts from Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and received the inaugural Legacy Award for Arts Advocacy from the Smithsonian Latino Center. He serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

As an actor, Cheech is familiar to many as one‐half of the hilarious duo Cheech and Chong; together, they made eight feature films. He has since appeared in more than 20 films, including The Perfect Game, Spy Kids, Tin Cup, and Once Upon A Time In Mexico. Television credits include co‐starring with Don Johnson in the CBS drama Nash Bridges, a recurring role on the hit series Lost, and a guest appearance on Grey’s Anatomy. His latest films include The Perfect Game (Lions Gate Entertainment); Beverly Hills Chihuahuaand Race to Witch Mountain (Walt Disney Pictures); and The Miracle of Dommatina (Hallmark Channel). In addition, in 2005, Cheech directed the Broadway production of Latinologues, a collection of comedic and poignant monologues revealing the Latino experience in America.
Cheech is also an author. His children’s books include Cheech and the Spooky Ghost Bus (2009); Captain Cheech (2008), and Cheech the School Bus Driver (2007). His art books include Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter} (2013), Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection (2007), and Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge (2001).

About Carolina A. Miranda (Moderator)
Carolina A. Miranda is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she covers art, architecture, design and music for the Culture High & Low blog. Prior to this, she served as staff reporter at TIME magazine, as well as an independent journalist, contributing stories to ARTnews, Fast Company, Architect, Art in America, National Public Radio, New York Public Radio and L.A. public radio affiliate KCRW.

About DIESEL, A Bookstore
DIESEL, A Bookstore: Known for our fascinating selection, stunning events, enthusiastic staff, and urban California aesthetic, DIESEL is the cutting-edge, high octane, community-radiating, independent neighborhood bookstore we all dream of hanging out in, getting imaginally turned on in, and literarily inspired by. DIESEL, A Bookstore is located at 225 26th Street, Santa Monica 90402. - See more at: http://centurycityview.org/a-conversation-with-cheech-marin-p692-176.htm#sthash.F6UXNUIj.dpuf

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CHEECH & CHONG HOST THE SEASON PREMIERE OF GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE

A New Season of Laughs From Gotham Comedy Club are Headed Your Way this Thursday!

Grab some popcorn and a comfy spot on the couch as your favorite stoners, Cheech & Chong, take the stage on Gotham Comedy Live presented by Carl’s Jr. Hardee’s. They’re joined by four other comedians for an epic hour of TV.

This week, Cheech & Chong are joined by Gary Cannon, Erica Spera, Joe DeRosa & Mike James.


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Cheech & Chong Get You Ready For a New Season of Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV

NEW episodes of UNCENSORED stand-up are coming to AXS TV January 19th! Here's Cheech & Chong to get you ready for the latest run featuring William Shatner, Paul Rodriguez, Pete Davidson, Fran Drescher, Frank Caliendo, and More!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Cheech and Chong No Longer Welcome on Howard Stern Show

On today's Howard Stern Show, Howard was talking about how people approach him at parties saying Gary Dell'Abate won't allow him on the show anymore.  However, we all know that Stern only does boring interviews with A-listers nowadays.

Robin said the same thing happened to her at a party.  Tommy Chong approached her saying Gary won't allow Cheech and Chong on the show anymore.

Keep in mind that Howard Stern reunited them on his channel 9 show, back in the day (1991) and a few times since them.  Cheech and Chong aren't a great interview and they're not A-listers.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tommy Chong up to Some RiFF RaFF

In fall 2017, Tommy Chong will be making an appearance in RiFF RaFF's new film, The Peach Panther.  It will be released in conjunction with RiFF RaFF's new album.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Cheech Marin and Paul Rodriguez Working on Latino Sitcom

Cheech Marin will once again make an attempt at a latino sitcom.  The untitled single-camera show will star Paul Rodriguez, Paul Rodriguez, Jr and Cheech, who will also executive produce.

The show is written/executive produced by Steve & Jim Armogida, creators/executive produced of Nickelodeon’s School of Rock TV series.

If it sees daylight, it will be Cheech Marin's first full-time tv gig since Nash Bridges.
This will allow him to get off the road with Tommy Chong.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tommy Chong on The Ed Bernstein Show

An interview with Tommy Chong of the infamous, Cheech and Chong movies. We spoke on election night. He was stricken with cancer, underwent tumor removal surgery and has become a medical marijuana user and advocate. He has also become cannabis products pitchman in this unprecedented era of expanding marijuana legalization. Tune in Sunday at 3pm on Channel 3.
 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Our Friend Josh Gilbert has Died

Our friend, Josh Gilbert, passed away last night after a long battle with cancer.

Who was Josh Gilbert?

Most may know him as writer, director, producer of the documentary, A/K/A Tommy Chong which chronicles the entrapment and incarceration of Tommy Chong.  He spent years creating this film.  Josh was one of the most passionate people I've ever known.  He was so proud of this film and it won numerous awards.

After it was released, Tommy and Shelby Chong allegedly wanted the rights to the film.  Josh refused so they allegedly got one of the film's investors to sue Josh.  Josh spent a fortune defending his film and eventually had to get another investor to buy out the unhappy investor.

It's a long, long story and it really sucked the energy out of him.

But Josh was always upbeat.  Always had great film ideas.  He was always working on documentaries.  He briefly worked with Vice TV, also worked on a doc about an autistic boy, Jake the Film, which tugged at your heartstrings. He loved people.

How do I know Josh Gilbert?

I used to own Cheech and Chong Dot Com.  I owned it for years and Cheech and Chong didn't care because their Cheech and Chong career was over and the brand was dying.  Eventually, I got them to reunite.

All of a sudden, they wanted their domain.

Josh and I spent hours on the phone each night.  He told me about all the shit Tommy and Shelby put him through.  He told me so many god awful stories about Cheech Marin and the Chong family that I could write a book.

Josh wanted me to change my name to cheechandchong dot com so they couldn't take it away from me.

I last spoke to him in August of this year.  He was going in for a stem cell procedure in a last ditch effort to defeat his cancer.  He had 3 things on his mind.  His son, his cancer and how much Tommy "allegedly" fucked him over.  He told me he wanted to post a video on YouTube about Tommy Chong.  I told him he should.  I don't know if he ever recorded the video, but I know hours of audio were recorded when he was in for treatment.

I somehow knew this would be my last conversation with him.  The next day I sent him an email thanking him for everything he did for me.

I'll post memories as they come to mind.

Goodbye, Bub.