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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
According to Cheech's camp, more Cheech Marin & Friends dates are currently being scheduled.
The first Cheech Marin & Friends show aired as a special on Comedy Central in March. Comedy Central will be releasing the uncensored version on DVD in July.
Order it here. Cheech Marin & Friends: Live from South Beach
"What all the demonstrations (against the legislation) demonstrate are the roots are sunken way deep and they're (Latinos) not afraid of being counted. They're not illegal immigrants and certainly their children are American citizens. They have two to three generations of children who are legally here. The reason why Los Angeles, in particular, looks like Mexico is because it was once Mexico. It's a very hypocritical stance in that we want cheap labor to come in and we want to persecute it simultaneously."
Friday, May 26, 2006
Cheech will be signing copies of his book Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge. Cheech is the world's largest collector of Chicano art. Tickets are $10. The on sale date is unknown.
Over 30,000 people attended Friday's premiere of the Disney Pixar film Cars at the Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Tons of celebs and Nascar drivers were there. Storms initially delayed the start, but it wound up being a great night.
We think we've identified the people in the photos correctly.
Photo #1 (Cheech's girlfriend Natasha Rubin, daughter, daughter's friend)
Photo #2 (Cheech arrival)
Thursday, May 25, 2006
"We've tried to do it a bunch of times and we always end up at the same place. All the old animosities resurface.
I'm real comfortable leaving Cheech & Chong right where it is. I was a big Laurel & Hardy fan when I was a kid. I used to watch them on TV all the time and then one time I saw a Laurel & Hardy film they made when they were a lot older and it creeped me out. I just never wanted to do that.
That was always a point of conflict with Tommy and I. I wanted to kind of keep moving and do other stuff and he wanted to stay at that same thing. My natural inclination was to keep moving.
The problem is, I'm perfect and Tommy is crazy. I'm sure that it's the same problem for him."
We provided this information a few months ago when we saw Cheech Marin at the Mattel press conference.
Tomorrow is the world premiere of the Disney Pixar film Cars. It takes place at the Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte. The event is sold out.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
In addition, we are having a smoke out sale on Brown Stane Books' The Cheech and Chong Bible. Amazon sells it for $12.50. We are selling it for $6.99. The book is a biography about Cheech and Chong including rare photos and trivia.
It's essential reading material for anyone that wants to know everything about Cheech and Chong.
Update: Slushpile also discusses and posted a photo of Tommy at the expo. The writer posts that "the signing went very well, they had given out a couple of hundred tickets and he signed all of those. The gang was packing up all their stuff and getting ready to leave but one person after another kept coming up, wanting Chong to sign something else."
Pre-order the book here.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The show airs June 5th at 9:30PM EST on ABC TV.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
This performance will be the Conga Room's last in its current location. The popular nightclub is set to re-open in 18 months in downtown Los Angeles.
Most recently, Marin hosted the Comedy Central special Cheech Marin & Friends: Live from South Beach," which premiered on March 13th. "Cheech Marin & Friends: Live from South Beach" was taped at the Byron Carlyle Theatre during the first annual "Bud Light South Beach Comedy Festival." The festival was a culturally diverse event that showcases up-and-coming Latino and urban comedians and performers.
Showtimes are 8:00 & 10:00 p.m. and Tickets are: $40 and $75 and are available by calling the Conga Room box office (323) 938-1696.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
"The screening of the film represents the first multi-screen digital cinema premiere ever, with Texas Instruments and its DLP Cinema¬ technology serving as Disney's event technology partner in providing the digital cinema projectors. A series of four giant custom-built outdoor movie screens (115-feet wide and 50-feet tall) will be constructed at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Turn #2 of the track. Each screen will have three DLP Cinema 2K digital projectors dedicated to it. A state-of-the-art sound system is also being created and installed for the event."
The entire cast including Cheech Marin, Paul Neuman, Owen Wilson and more will be on-hand.
Click here for photos and video of Cheech unveiling toys at Mattel.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
In December 2004, we first saw the show at the Actor's Playhouse, a small off-broadway theater in NYC. The show was hysterical. After the show ended its off-broadway run in March 2005, they decided to take the show on-the-road. Unfortunately, the audience frequently smoked pot which was in violation of Tommy's probation. This forced Tommy to cancel the tour.
Last month, they resurrected the tour.
Marijuana-Logues is even funnier now than it was off-broadway. The place was nearly sold out. The venue is near Rutgers University so the audience was awesome. Doug, Tony and Tommy have become a super-tight unit, frequently playing off each other's jokes and laughing uncontrollably while doing so.
Doug is a huge Tommy Chong fan. His eyes are fixated on Tommy every time Tommy opens his mouth. Unlike Doug and Tony, a lot of Tommy's jokes are unscripted. Tommy's improv is incredible. He told a story of Cheech unknowingly smuggling pot from Canada to the US because Tommy hid it in his suitcase. He also spoke of the time he met Jerry Garcia. Jerry kept calling Tommy "Cheech" so Tommy kept calling Jerry "Santana."
Tommy hasn't done stand-up in the NYC area in a long time. If the powers-that-be see this, please have Tommy come to NYC or Northern NJ. We are dying to see him live.
We spoke with Doug and Tony after the show. They said they are looking forward to their upcoming show in Hawaii. It's a shame that although the tour was successful, it doesn't look like any additional dates will be scheduled.
We spoke to Tommy as a large crowd of people lined-up for his autograph. He said both he and Cheech are writing the script for "Up In Smoke: The Play"...separately. Apparently, each will write their own script and they will then choose one. This is disappointing because we were under the impression they were collaborating together creatively on the play script.
Tommy was very friendly and was impressed that Cheech and Chong Dot Com remastered and re-released Sleeping Beauty and Let's Make A New Dope Deal. He hadn't yet received copies so we supplied him with a pair.
Thanks to Doug, Tony, Tommy and the fantastic folks at AM Productions for a fantastic time.
Marijuana-Logues is in Philly tomorrow.
Click here for tickets.
a/k/a Tommy Chong director, Josh Gilbert, just notified us that the film won the audience award for Best Documentary and Best Feature Film at the Calgary Underground Film Festival.
Previously, the film won Best Documentary at the Aspen Comedy Awards, as well as Best Documentary at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Yet, it's worth a read. He discusses drug legalization and how he became a US citizen.
On the other hand, David Hiltbrand of the Philadelphia Daily Inquirer conducted an excellent interview. When asked about drug use, Tommy says he's not much of a drug user. "I found out you can't act in or direct a movie under the influence. But you can certainly watch and enjoy it that way."
One interesting fact he revealed was that one of Bruce Springsteen's first gigs was opening for Cheech and Chong. He also mentions that the show Chico and the Man was developed for Cheech and Chong, but they declined to do it. This is why there is Cheech and Chong-esque humor in the show.
"Over the years, Chong turned down other TV roles, including playing the libertine father on Dharma & Greg and reuniting with Cheech in the cast of Nash Bridges."
Not mentioned in the article is that the film Stripes was written for Cheech and Chong.
Regarding the reunion with Cheech, he says there definitely won't be one. "I was in New York last week and he came on the TV in a rerun of Nash Bridges. Usually when he's on, I change the channel. It's just too painful. This time I watched."
"I realized he's really become the Nash Bridges Cheech. He shaved his mustache and gained weight, became a Don Johnson guy. I thought, 'Wow, I don't know this guy at all.' "
However, as we reported last month, Cheech and Tommy are currently writing a film, as well as Up In Smoke: The Play. The play will be produced in 2007 and star actors performing their classic bits.
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Tuesday, May 02, 2006
The I Chong: Meditations From The Joint, a book written by Tommy Chong while he was in prison, will be released by Simon & Schuster August 8th. The book contains comedy, thoughts on life and discusses his predicament.
Here is a sample:
I hear the train a-comin
It's rolling 'round the bend
I hope it's full of women cause,
I'm tired of fu**ing men.
We are now taking pre-orders.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Marijuana has long had a supporting and sometimes a starring role in some of the best films ever made. The 2006 WMFF Awards will honor this trend and recognize the finest achievements in current cannabis-themed cinema. The award categories include Best Feature, Best Short, Best Cult Film and Best Documentary.
The Festival's top award the Golden Leaf will be reserved for that film which most successfully celebrates marijuana and the culture it represents.
Following is a partial list of the 2006 WMFF Award nominees:
A/k/a Tommy ChongProduced & directed by Josh Gilbert
Timothy Leary LivesProduced & directed by Danny Schecter
The King of Cannabis IIIProduced by Arjan Rostrum; directed by Kenya Winchell
Dr. Jah Goes To AmsterdamProduced by Dave Geoghegan; directed by Steven Hager
Mundo CannabicoProduced & directed by Julio Zenil