Saturday, December 09, 2017

Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray

Tommy Chong told variety that they're working on a Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray.

First of all, very few people own a Blu-Ray player.  Second of all, Cheech Marin and Lou Adler did a great job on the Up in Smoke DVD commentary already.  Tommy wasn't included allegedly because relations between Tommy and Lou Adler weren't that great at the time.

Why did Variety interview Tommy?  Because Eminem (remember him?) has a new single which samples Earache My Eye (the song written by Gaye Delorme which allegedly Tommy Chong finagled his way into the writing credits).

Cheech and Chong Working on Cheech and Chong Documentary

Tommy Chong told Variety that they are working on a Cheech and Chong documentary.  This is odd being Josh Gilbert already did what was essentially a Cheech and Chong doc, a/k/a Tommy Chong.

Josh did an awesome job and included lots of rare C&C clips....so many that the film cost a fortune.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cathedral City marijuana dispensary to host Cheech Marin’s “Cheech’s Private Stash”

Cannabis Club (WCCC), a Cathedral City marijuana dispensary, is pleased to announce it will be hosting Cheech Marin’s “Cheech’s Private Stash” product release on Friday, December 1, 2017.
West Coast Cannabis Club (WCCC), a Cathedral City marijuana dispensary, is pleased to announce it will be hosting Cheech Marin’s “Cheech’s Private Stash” product release on Friday, December 1, 2017. Marin’s products will be featured at West Coast Cannabis club.

“We are so honored to host this event,” said Kenneth Churchill, owner of WCCC. “Cheech Marin is not only a comedy icon but an important advocate for Cannabis. We are very much looking forward to this day. We invite everyone in the Coachella Valley to enjoy this event.”

Marin will be at WCCC between 4 and 5 PM PST. A California ID along with doctor’s recommendation are required to enter. West Coast Cannabis Club is located at:

68828 Ramon Road
Suite A2
Cathedral City CA 92234

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

RIP Cheech and Chong Producer Peter Macgregor-Scott

Peter Macgregor-Scott died in New York City Wednesday after a taxi accident.

He produced Steve Martin's The Jerk, The Fugitive, two Batman films, Revenge of the Nerds and more.  He was also a production manager on Animal House.

Cheech and Chong fans should know he was the producer for Next Movie, Still Smokin' and The Corsican Brothers.  In a 2003 interview, he said Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong were sober professionals. "There was never any smoke. When the boys are working, it's a very clean set. No alcohol, no smoke, no nothing," Macgregor-Scott said. "They learned that in their live performances. They went to Folsom Prison and they had a little too much extra, and it wasn't a good day for them. They said, 'OK, that's the end of that. We go on clean as a whistle from now on.' I did three pictures with them, and that was the way it was from then 'til now, I'm sure."

In addition, he produce Cheech Marin's Born in East LA.

He was 69 years old.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tommy Chong Should be Charged with Fraud

Snopes has been investigating articles being posted by verified celebs on Facebook.  The celebrity posts a link to an article.  When you click on it, it redirects users to a spam web site banned by Facebook. The site has a dummy link.  When you click on it, it posts a bogus article in your newsfeed and Tommy Chong gets paid.  It's called 'influence marketing.'

Snopes called Tommy Chong's reps, but they didn't return the call.

Tommy and Paris Chong should be ashamed of themselves.

Tommy Chong and the other celebs should be charged with fraud.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cheech and Chong Are Coming Port Chester

On April 20th (that's right 04/20), the Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke tour is coming to the Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, New York.  They are playing two shows that night.

Tickets go on sale September 15th at 4:20PM local time.  Same old jokes, new city.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tommy Chong to Launch Innovative Content on Cannabis Club TV

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Cannabis Club TV’s unparalleled broadcast technology is set to elevate today’s consumers with an innovative and engaging experience. Cannabis Club TV is the first Direct Out Of Home (DOOH) and Over the Top TV (OTTtv) portable broadcast network devoted to the cannabis industry - at retail, in your pocket and at home.

As the cannabis industry grows, innovative pioneers are leading the way to bring cannabis to the mainstream. Cannabis Club TV will be launching twenty new channels with a variety of different shows from sports to cooking with one of the first being Tommy Chong’s travel show that will be similar to the Anthony Bourdain cooking show with all kinds of cannabis flower and concentrates, from Humbolt to Amsterdam to Nepal to Kentucky.

“I'm excited to announce that I'm developing a cannabis travel show, where I explore all the unique cannabis cultures this planet has to offer. I love to have a Cannabis Club TV channel playing while I'm carving and testing my handmade water pipes,” says Tommy Chong, cannabis pioneer.

Cannabis Club TV retains leading cannabis agency Damanant to be their official agency of record. This powerhouse move brings a wealth of resources together that the cannabis industry has yet experienced.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Real Life Sgt Stadanko has Died

Abe Snidanko who worked undercover in Vancouver busting hippies, has died. He was the inspiration for Cheech and Chong's Sgt Stadanko (Up in Smoke, Nice Dreams, Los Cochinos).

He died August 2nd at 79 years old.

“We needed a name for the cop, and I immediately thought of Abe Snidanko,” said Chong. “I used his name purposely, it was my way of saying, ‘How you doin’, Abe?’ It did make him famous. Years later I got a call from the narcotics office in Vancouver and they said Abe was retiring and wanted me to send him a signed Up in Smoke poster. So I did and apparently Abe wasn’t too pleased.”

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tommy Chong Bandmate Bobby Taylor Passes Away

Yesterday, Bobby Taylor of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers passed away from throat cancer.  Tommy Chong was the guitarist and co-wrote the hit song Does your Mama Know About Me.

  • Bobby met Tommy in 1962 when Tommy came to San Francisco with his band looking for work.
  • Tommy offered Bobby Taylor $750/week and half ownership in his club to perform at the club.
  • Tommy and Bobby discovered the Jackson 5 in 1968 when they opened for the Vancouvers.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Richard 'Cheech' Marin Turns 71

Comedian/actor/art aficionado, Richard 'Cheech' Marin, turns 71 today.  He was born July 13th, 1946 in Los Angeles California.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

California Contributing $1 Million to Cheech Marin Museum

Cash-strapped California is putting $1 million of their budget towards creating the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry.  They only need to raise $2 million more.

The museum will house Cheech Marin's 700+ Chicano art pieces.

Why they'd want Cheech's name on it (with his past) is beyond me.
Your tax dollars at work, California.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tommy Chong is Gawd!

The trailer for Tommy Chong's new film, It's Gawd!, has been released.  In the film, "Amid the threat of nuclear proliferation, global warming and terrorism, the earth's creator tries to reconnect with mankind by returning to the planet and hosting his own variety show."

It also stars Luke Perry and Rebecca Mader.

It will be released in a limited number of theaters July 12th.

Friday, June 23, 2017

"Good Fortune" The Inspirational Life Story Of John Paul DeJoria, Hits The Big Screen

NEW YORK, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Good Fortune, the new documentary chronicling the "rags-to-riches" story of entrepreneur and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, affectionately known as JP, opens today.

JP is best known for building not just one, but two iconic billion-dollar businesses—John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patrón Spirits—and he now adds John Paul Pet and ROK Mobile to that roster as well. His professional accomplishments include several additional global enterprises, but what's most important to him is staying true to his mantra, "Success Unshared is Failure."

DeJoria moves purposefully and energetically through life, rallying his employees, spearheading back-to-work programs for the homeless, helming a high-seas ship in the Arctic to protect whales from poachers, racing a motorcycle in a charity ride, and working indefatigably on behalf of over a hundred philanthropic ventures. His joyous and hands-on approach to everything he does inspired acclaimed documentarians Josh and Rebecca Tickell to make Good Fortune, a film about the subject's storied evolution, from a man who has been homeless, to his current status as a billionaire and the charismatic proponent of a pioneering and impactful form of philanthropy he calls "conscious capitalism."

Through a series of flashback footage and interviews with friends, fellow entrepreneurs, and business partners, including Arianna Huffington, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, and Michelle Phillips, Good Fortune is an uplifting, inspiring portrait full of wit, humor and substance. Narrated by Dan Aykroyd, JP's dear friend and business partner, Good Fortune follows one of the world's most celebrated business icons as he shares his ultimate secret of success: giving back.

"The film's subject is an extraordinary individual who started life with no material possessions and built a self-made fortune which has enabled him to act as one of the world's most contributive and effective leaders in philanthropy," says Aykroyd. "Sharing his good fortune and giving back,he continuously encourages others to do the same, and has created a network of positive influencers and initiators all over the planet."

JP believes that people, the planet and profit are closely intertwined, and he's on a mission to find innovative ways to share his good fortune with others. He uses resources and relationships to fund and promote causes that help the greater good. He radiates empathy, optimism, good will,and a sense that we should walk in each other's shoes. DeJoria's humility, wisdom, and captivating personality endear him to everyone he meets.

Good Fortune is distributed by Lionsgate and Paladin and produced by Big Picture Ranch. The film opens to the public in New York City on June 23rd and in Los Angeles on June 30th, with release to follow in select cities nationwide. Good Fortune is also available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon and will be available for download on August 1st.

Visit www.goodfortunemovie.com for further information.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

High Times Magazine Has Been Sold

High Times Magazine, which has had the same owners since 1974, has been sold.  Buyers include Damian Marley (Bob Marley's son) and pioneers from Colorado pot shop chain Denver Relief, Isaac Dietrich, founder of cannabis social media site MassRoots, and Nick Kovacevich, CEO of Kush Bottles, a cannabis packaging company.

The company was priced at $70 million.

“It’s a sign of the times,” said Tommy Chong.

High Times’ management and editorial staff remains mostly intact, Levin said. The previous owners remain shareholders.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cheech and Chong Documentary Almost Finished

Tommy Chong's daughter, Robbi and her husband, Dave have been working on a Cheech and Chong documentary.  In a recent interview, Tommy says the doc is almost complete.

We don't know what this doc could possibly have that a/k/a Tommy Chong didn't.  Director, Josh Gilbert, did a thorough job covering the history of Cheech and Chong.  He also spared no expense licensing rare clips of them from back in the day.

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.