Thursday, May 25, 2023

Cheech Marin to be on Eric Andre Show

 Cheech Marin will be on this season of the Eric Andre Show (debuts June 4 on Adult Swim).  

Previously announced guest stars include Natasha Lyonne, Jaleel White, Blac Chyna, Jon Hamm, Raven-Symoné, Diplo, Daymond John, Meagan Good, Rico Nasty, Waka Flocka Flame, Tinashe, Cypress Hill, and Lil Yachty. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Happy Birthday! Tommy Chong is 85 Years Old

  The dopemaster, Tommy Chong, turned 85 today. Tommy was born May 24th, 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Cheech Marin Joins ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Reimagination In Recasting

  Cheech Marin (Shotgun Wedding, Champions) has been cast in the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day reimagination following George Lopez’s exit due to a scheduling conflict.

He will portray Gil, the patriarch of the Garcia family and a comedic character who rides a motorcycle.

From writer Matt Lopez and director Marvin Lemus, Alexander tells the story of 11-year-old Alexander Garcia (Thom Nemer) who thinks he has the worst luck in the world. When his family sets off on a road trip to California, he’s pretty sure disaster awaits at every corner. His anxiety only increases when a family secret is revealed.

The film also stars Eva Longoria, Jesse Garcia, Paulina Chávez and Rose Portillo. Production is currently underway in New Mexico.

Alexander 2, a new take on Judith Viorst’s book after a 2014 movie starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, is produced by Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Lisa Henson.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Bent Paddle teams with Cheech and Chong to sell THC seltzer

 Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is collaborating with old-school stoner duo Cheech and Chong on a new line of hemp-derived THC drinks.

The Duluth brewery debuted the new Cheech and Chong beverages within its taproom on Thursday — 4/20, the unofficial holiday for cannabis enthusiasts. It'll also be distributed to retailers and dispensaries.

Taking place during the launch event are a screening of Cheech and Chong's cult classic "Up in Smoke," plus a never-before-seen video of the comedians trying their new drinks, a munchies bar by Happy Hippy Tacos and tunes from DJ Stephanie Michelle.

Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong recently united their individual, existing cannabis brands under one banner, Cheech and Chong's Cannabis Co., according to a profile on the pair by Leaf Magazines.

"We're thrilled to partner with Bent Paddle Brewing Co. to bring our Minnesota fans a new way to enjoy cannabis," Cheech and Chong's Cannabis Co. CEO Jonathan Black said in a statement. "These beverages are the perfect way to celebrate 4/20 and enjoy a relaxing, delicious drink."

The new Cheech and Chong beverages contain 5 milligrams of hemp-derived THC and come in four flavors: Raspberry Highball, Magic Mule, Citrus Sunrise, and Grapefruit Twist.

"We're honored to work with Cheech and Chong on this co-manufacturing project," said Bent Paddle Brewing Co. co-founder Laura Mullen. "The flavors Cheech & Chong selected are out of this world and we are very proud to be part of their process.”

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Bill Gates Visits "The Cheech" In Riverside For A Tour Of The Museum

 Wow, something we never expected to see.

The devil himself, Bill Gates, toured The Cheech with the Cheech Marin.

With Cheech Marin as his guide, Bill Gates tours The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of Riverside Art Museum on Monday, April 17, 2023 to view the collection and learn about the museum's work in the community. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the Inland Empire by supporting local and state advocacy that advances educational equity and economic mobility.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Cheech and Chong Guest on Muppets Mayhem

 Disney+ has revealed the official trailer and key art for the new Original series The Muppets Mayhem, starring Lilly Singh, Tahj Mowry, Saara Chaudry and The Electric Mayhem Band.

The musical comedy series premieres with all episodes on May 10, only on Disney+. You can watch the new trailer using the player below and you’ll find the key art underneath.

The Muppets Mayhem follows The Electric Mayhem Band — Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Animal on drums, Floyd Pepper on vocals and bass, Janice on vocals and lead guitar, Zoot on saxophone and Lips on trumpet — on an epic, music-filled journey to record their first-ever studio album.

With the help of a driven young music executive, Nora Singh (Singh), the old-school Muppet band comes face-to-face with the current-day music scene as they try to finally record their first studio album.

Joining the previously announced recurring guest star Anders Holm and The Electric Mayhem Band on their journey is an exciting roster of guest talent, including:

Paula Abdul

Steve Aoki

David Bizarro

Rachel Bloom

Nicole Byer

Sofia Carson

Charlamagne Tha God

Tommy Chong

Billy Corgan

Stephanie D’Abruzzo



Colton Dunn

Morgan Freeman

Susanna Hoffs

James Hong

Jennifer Irwin



Tommy Lee

Lil Nas X

Riki Lindhome

Cheech Marin

Ziggy Marley

Jack McBrayer

Arden Myrin

Nico Santos

Kristen Schaal

Ben Schwartz

Ryan Seacrest

Kevin Smith

Chris Stapleton

Danny Trejo

Joe Lo Truglio

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Cedric Yarbrough


Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Cheech and Chong Biopic in the Works With Hidden Pictures

 It's in The Hollywood Reporter today so I guess it's happening.

Todd Lieberman’s Hidden Pictures is partnering with Marin and Chong, Underground and Five All in the Fifth Entertainment on a feature biopic about the comedy duo.

Kristian Mercado, who most recently made his feature debut with the 2023 South by Southwest entry If You Were Last, will direct from a screenplay by Danya Jimenez and Hannah McMechan.

“We are excited to show the world how two dudes from completely different backgrounds got together, changed comedy and made cannabis mainstream!” said Marin and Chong.

The documentary a/k/a Tommy Chong did a great job detailing Cheech and Chong's history.  We recommend checking that out first.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Cheech and Chong Working on Three Films

At this week's SXSW festival, Cheech revealed there are three Cheech and Chong films in the works.

1. Documentary about the comedy team

2. Biopic about their early years that would star other actors as them

3. Straight-up Cheech & Chong comedy about the two characters as old men

Our take on this...

1. The doc was done by Chong's daughters after the success of Josh Gilbert's a/k/a Tommy Chong.

2. Biopic will never get made.

3. No major film studio will put up the money for a Cheech and Chong film.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Tommy Chong Hosting Denver's Mile High 420 Fest

 The Mile High 420 Festival has booked the biggest boss of them all, with Rick Ross set to headline the annual cannabis celebration in Denver's Civic Center Park, according to the event's new organizer.

Waka Flocka Flame, The Alchemist, Fivio Foreign and Kaash Paige round out the headlining musical acts, while Tommy Chong will be the official host of the 4/20 fest, set for Thursday, April 20. More acts will be announced soon, the event website notes.

As in previous years, the 4/20 fest will be free, but this marks the first year that there will be an age limit: After receiving requests from parents and youth prevention groups last year, the organizers have ruled that no one under 21 will be allowed in.

For nearly three decades now, a marijuana celebration has taken place at Civic Center on April 20 (or on the weekend a few days before or after that date) to mark 4/20, an unofficial cannabis holiday now observed around the world. The event transitioned to a free concert and vendor space in the late 2000s, with a handful of planners and companies organizing the festival over the years — but unsanctioned marijuana use has always been a hallmark.

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

Cheech and Chong Working on Two Films

Cheech Marin tells Coming Soon that Cheech and Chong are working on two films. The first is a documentary created by Chong's children.  This will be released soon.

He didn't give details on the second.

However, the documentary was created after the success of Josh Gilbert's A/K/A Tommy Chong doc on Chong.

In this interview, oddly, Cheech says he enjoyed working with Tommy.  I don't know if it's the weed or the old age talking because he used to say just the opposite.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Eddie Van Halen and Cheech Marin Performed at 1985 Charity Gig

 Some really rare audio popped up on YouTube today.

On May 12, 1985, Eddie Van Halen and Cheech Marin, Cheech and Chong, team up to play some songs for a charity event. They play a cover of Marvin Gaye's Ain't That Peculiar, Cheech's songs "Mexican Americans" and "Born in East La", and The Troggs' "Wild Thing."

It's a cassette audience recording where Eddie and Cheech performed as Van Hey Man!

00:00 - Intro

00:21 - Valerie Bertinelli speaks

00:41 - Ain’t That Peculiar-Marvin Gaye cover

02:39 - Eddie Van Halen solo

05:07 - Mexican Americans

06:49 - Eddie Van Halen Ripping

07:17 - Cheech Marin rapping to the audience

08:14 - Born in East LA

10:43 - Edward letting loose

13:34 - Introduction to the Van Hey Man band

15:19 - Eddie Van Halen’s introduction and some shredding

15:45 - Intro for Cheech Lee Roth with scream

16:30 - Wild Thing cover song

18:19 - Ed does Eddie

The event was to support MER or Malibu Emergency Room, a charity that created an emergency room for Malibu residents. You can read more about the event here.

Here's an article about the event.

Friday, January 06, 2023

Cheech Marin to Appear in NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez

 Al Madrigal is very excited about the upcoming guests on NBC’s Lopez vs. Lopez with Rita Moreno and Cheech Marin.

The two beloved and respected Latin actors are set to guest star and appear in the eighth episode of the season tomorrow night.

Moreno joins the cast as George’s late Grandma Dolores, who becomes a feisty spirit that haunts George to do right by her, one way or another. And like the traditional grandmother, she has her chancla and razor-sharp tongue to set him straight when he disobeys or argues.

As for Marin, he plays Carlos, a curandero invited to their home to rid of the uninvited spirit. As an all-knowing, all-powerful mystic, he will be the powerful conduit between the supernatural and temporal worlds. Not to mention, he’ll be a straight-shooting shaman who can diagnose the ghost and accepts Bitcoin in the meantime.

Here is the official synopsis of Episode 108:

When the Lopez home is disturbed by an evil spirit, the family enlists a curandero (Cheech Marin) who tells them the house isn’t haunted, it’s George! The ghost of his grandmother (Rita Moreno) is hell-bent on righting a past wrong and will keep throwing chanclas at his big head until he does it.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Concert For George Producer John Beug Dead At 75

 John Beug, veteran music industry executive and film and television producer died on October 15 in Northern California. He was 75.

John Beug was a trailblazing producer and influential executive working at the intersection of the music and film industries. He is best known as the producer of documentaries including the recent Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall as well as The Doors: When You're Strange, Tom Petty: Runnin' Down A Dream and concert films such as Concert for George, the all-star tribute to George Harrison. Beug was a key figure in music filmmaking; his work dates back to the dawn of MTV and through the DVD boom of the 1990s to the present day's golden era of music documentaries.

John Beug was born in 1947, in Chicago to Theodore and Lucille Beug. He was one of five children with two older brothers, James Beug and Thomas Beug and two younger sisters, Virginia Low and Barbara Dyson.

He began his professional career as a talent booker for Northwestern University and Chicago area venues. He booked acts as disparate as Joni Mitchell and Cheech & Chong, the latter leading him to a job with producer Lou Adler in Los Angles. During his tenure with Adler's Ode Records, he was involved with the building of The Roxy, the fabled music venue on the Sunset Strip and the production of Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

A passionate music and film fan, Beug was an early proponent of the music video format. He produced A-ha's award-winning, ground-breaking "Take On Me" video for Warner Bros. Records and caught the eye of Mo Ostin, the label's legendary Chairman who hired him in 1986 to head Creative Services for the company. At Warners, Beug supervised countless award-winning videos, including Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," Traveling Wilburys "Handle With Care," and Neil Young's "This Note's for You."

Beug was quick to see the potential of the DVD format for musical artists and would produce concerts and documentaries for DVD, notably Nothing But The Blues directed by Martin Scorsese, Fleetwood Mac's The Danceand Eagles: Hell Freezes Over. Under the Rhino imprint, Beug produced four years of the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival and won a Primetime Emmy in the process. Grammy Awards followed for Concert For George, Tom Petty Runnin' Down A Dream, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and When You're Strange: A Film About The Doorsdirected by Tom DiCillo, co-produced with Dick Wolf.

Beug was known as sensitive to artists' concerns and was, thus, collaborative, aesthetically attuned, and passionate about doing great work. He built relationships with artists such as George Harrison, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Don Henley, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Van Halen, Seal and R.E.M., buoying their careers while serving as their sounding board for film and television projects for the rest of his life. He retired from Warner Music Group in 2014.

Beug was a confirmed bachelor until meeting Carolyn Mayer, a producer and Disney executive whom he wed in 1994. They were an instant family of five with Ms. Mayer's children Nicholas, Lauren and Lindsey, all of whom shared an affinity for art, music and culinary pursuits.

John Beug's deep bond with his children and their love for each other helped them to move forward in their lives after the immense tragedy of losing Carolyn in the 9/11 attacks. He took great pride in serving for over sixteen years on the Board of Trustees at Rhode Island School of Design, an institution very dear to him. He found joy in cars, watching F1 racing and collecting them. Beug bought, sold and then re-bought a 1996 Porsche 993, a clear favorite among his automotive acquisitions over the years.

John Beug found love again with Cidney Vinall, whom he married in 2015. Seeking a quieter, slower pace of life, the couple moved from Los Angeles to Northern California in 2019. She survives him as do Lauren Beug and Nathan Boldman; Lindsey Beug and Marcus Wood; Nicholas Mayer; James Beug; Thomas Beug; sister Virginia Low and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. His sister Barbara Dyson predeceased him.

A memorial event for John Beug is being planned for early 2023 in Los Angeles. 

A fund is being established in his name at Rhode Island School of Design.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Notes from Cheech and Chong Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson Part Deux

 If you get your brain to filter out Leslie Jones' shouting, you can hear some good Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Mike Tyson stories.

Cheech and Chong will no longer tour.

Cheech and Chong already made $4 million in two months from their weed chews.

Cheech and Chong once opened for The Allman Brothers, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers.

James Brown visited Tyson in prison.

Cheech and Chong met James Brown on a plane.

Cheech and Chong played basketball with Marvin Gaye.

Diana Ross discovered Chong's band, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, after seeing them with her boyfriend, Berry Gordy, at a club in Vancouver.

Chong met Muhammad Ali at Bobby Taylor's place.  Chong was friends with a stripper that Ali had been with.  Chong and Ali were on the elevator to Taylor's place, having never met each other.  Chong says to Ali "Lady Scarlett says hi." Muhammad Ali wondered how this guy (Chong) knew her.

Bobby Taylor and Tommy Chong discovered the Jackson 5.  Years later, Cheech saw Michael Jackson in Lou Adler's bar above the Roxy.  Michael confirmed that Bobby and Tommy discovered them and that Bobby let the Jackson 5 stay with him.

Chong was in a band named The Shades.  They converted a Vancouver theater into a dance hall (Blues Palace).  They hired the Ike and Tina Turner review for $700.  Ike wanted to hook up with women so he told women that Tina was his sister.

Elvis would send Cheech and Chong a signed Christmas card every year.

Bombed at the Bitter End in NYC after partying all day/doing blow with John Belushi.

Note from this site: Interesting to see Tommy Chong and Cheech getting along.  During the initial leg of their reunion tour, they took separate planes, stayed in separate hotels, didn't speak with each other during the meet-and-greets.

Friday, December 02, 2022

Cheech and Chong to Appear at SF Sketchfest

 SF Sketchfest has announced a slate of new acts for its long-delayed 20th anniversary celebration, which is scheduled to take place from Jan. 20 to Feb. 5 at venues across San Francisco.

Among the additions to the lineup is a three-night residency by comedian Fred Armisen; performances by Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson, James Adomian, and the Sklar Bros.; and concerts by the Red Room Orchestra featuring music from the “Twin Peaks” and “Repo Man” soundtracks.

After SF Sketchfest was canceled in 2021, the comedy celebration was originally slated to return this past January, following a virtual Festpocalypse! live-stream event. But the long-running comedy festival’s anticipated live return was postponed to 2023 due to rising COVID-19 omicron cases.

Highlights of the previously announced schedule include a screening of the 1973 film “The Long Goodbye” at the Castro Theatre with Elliott Gould; a 20th anniversary celebration of the mockumentary, “A Mighty Wind,” with “Schitt’s Creek” stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara; and tributes to Cheech & Chong, Laraine Newman, and David Alan Grier.

The festival also includes an all-star roast of “Evil Dead” star Bruce Campbell; a “Perfect Strangers” 35th anniversary special; and a staged reading of  “I Married a Monster From Outer Space” with Dana Gould, Bobcat Goldthwait, Laraine Newman, Janet Varney and others.

The complete schedule is available on SF Sketchfest’s website.

Tickets, priced between $22-$55, are available now at Those who bought passes to attend SF Sketchfest 2022 can use their tickets for the upcoming dates, organizers said.

It's been 50 years since Cheech & Chong pulled up on the comedy scene and we're celebrating their trail-blazing comedy by giving them the SF Sketchfest Tribute treatment. Join icons Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong for a high spirited conversation that will have you rolling in your seat. Moderated by legendary journalist Ben Fong-Torres.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Ben Feigin Dies: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Executive Producer Was 47

 Award-winning producer Ben Feigin, who served as an executive producer on Schitt’s Creek, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 47.

Feigin played a key role in the launch of Schitt’s Creek by crafting its unique business model. He sourced non-traditional financing and sold the series on a non-exclusive basis to multiple licensees worldwide. He also masterminded the show’s top-grossing international tour with LiveNation, as well as the Netflix documentary Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell, its pop-up immersive experience that sold-out in under one minute around the globe, and even turned an entire town in upstate-New York into a permanent Schitt’s Creek.

He won multiple awards for his work on the comedy, including a 2020 Emmy, a 2021 Golden Globe, and a 2021 Producers Guild Award.

Born in Silver Springs, MD, Feigin graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and began his career at Warner Brothers. He then joined William Morris as an agent trainee in the storied mailroom, where he met his wife, Heidi. He later worked at UTA before becoming a Founding Member of The Collective in 2004.

In 2006, Feigin moved to Anonymous Content, where he founded both their comedy and enterprise divisions while representing A-list talent, filmmakers, writers, comedians, authors, and brands, in addition to his work as a producer. He later launched Equation Unlimited LLC, an entertainment company, in 2016.

Early in his career, Feigin made history as a pioneer behind the first ever live-streamed event featuring an line-up of comedians and musicians. The partnership with AOL was a breakthrough in how live content could be consumed on new platforms. Feigin also reunited Cheech & Chong after 25 years by cutting a lucrative deal with LiveNation for international touring and executive producing their theatrically released, first-ever concert film, Cheech & Chong: Hey Watch This.

Note: He didn't reunite C&C. He negotiated the deal.

Feigin led classes at UCLA, NYU, and UC Santa Barbara and also worked closely with non-profits including StandUp2Cancer, Gilda’s Club World-Wide, The Tony Hawk Foundation, The Creative Coalition, and the Laurene Powell Jobbs’ Emerson Collective. Additionally, he served as a Judge for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Internship Program, as well as an Official Juror for the International Emmy Awards. He was a member of The Producers Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Feigin is survived his wife, UTA talent agent Heidi Feigin, and their 11-year-old daughter Ellie. Services will take place this Thursday at 12:30pm at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills. Donations can be made to Stand Up For Cancer, the Ben Feigin Pancreatic Research Fund.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Decadent Ales Cheech and Chong's Holidaze Hazy IPA

 Cheech & Chong may be most notorious for their unique brand of stoner comedy, but today they cross

over into another "budding" industry: Hazy IPA! We are extremely excited to bring you Holidaze Hazy IPA, a beer produced in tandem with the comedy duo themselves. Often have hops and cannabis been compared for the dankness of their aromas but for this special holiday release, Cheech & Chong enlisted the wizards at Decadent Ales to turn the dankess up to 11!

Available for pre-order.

Hot Dog Stand Back Open After City Shuts Them Down Over Cheech and Chong Mural

 CHICAGO (CBS) -- A dispute over a colorful mural on the side of a Pilsen hot dog stand prevented the business from renewing its licenses with the city.

We told you about that story earlier this month. But just a day after our story aired, the owners say the city reversed course and let the stand reopen.

As CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reported Thursday night, this is the first week back in business for Memo's Hot Dogs, 1447 W. 18th St. – and the owners are glad to have the grills sizzling again.

"We've got our business license and we are back up and running," said Memo's owner Janette Garza.

But the owners still want to know how a mural on the side of the building forced owners Janette and Gerrado Garza to shut down for weeks.

They were unable to renew their license due to unpaid fines over a colorful Cheech and Chong mural on the side of the building.

The mural on the side of Memo's is the work of artist Angel Silva, also known as Debso. It went up in 2019.

The Garzas said the city considers the alley-side mural a public advertisement, which requires a separate permit.  

"For us, it's our sole income - so we did struggle a bit," said Janette Garza. "We did get into some financial debt."

We first told you about this conflict between the small business and the city at the start of the month. A day after our story aired, the Garzas say Kenneth Meyer, Commissioner of the city Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, called them personally to clear a path for their license renewal.

"We're grateful," said Janette Garza. "We're grateful to the media."

"After the issue became public, the license was restored," said Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th). "Now, we have to do this more and more often. We have to make these issues public to get a response from the Fifth Floor; from the Mayor's office."

Ald. Sigcho-Lopez calls the city's enforcement of the mural inconsistent and heavy-handed, particularly given that it ultimately forced Memo's to close for weeks.    

"In this case, a mural shutting down a business - we thought it was a disproportionate policy," said Ald. Sigcho-Lopez.

"It was just kind of harsh the way they came down," added Gerardo Garza. "There was no way of going around it."

For more than 60 years, Memo's has been in the neighborhood - and with the city's change of heart, it will be around for a few more.

"We do feel hopeful that we will be able to pass it down another generation - at least one more generation," said Janette Garza.

The city office that regulates business licenses says once the proper paper was submitted and a renewal fee was paid, the license was reinstated.

The alderman has launched an investigation with the Office of the Inspector General. 

Monday, October 10, 2022

Cheech & Chong Have Cameo Role In Disney+ The Muppets Mayhem

Thanks to Disney+, the Muppets are returning with an all-new show called "The Muppets Mayhem." This time, we're following the Muppets' resident rock stars Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem as they embark on an adventure to record their very first album. But just like any other Muppets production, this series from Adam F. Goldberg, Jeff Yorkes, and veteran Muppets performer Bill Barretta will feature a number of cameos from various celebrities and musicians.

Though the producers were extremely tight-lipped about the cameos in the series, Goldberg did let a big one slide during their panel at New York Comic Con. While he and Yorkes explained that the show is more grounded in the real world (meaning there's no talking vegetables or a fork in the road), they mentioned a "surreal side to Zoot," the saxophone player in the band. It would be a fourth-wall-breaking moment that still "plays in the reality within the world."

Then Goldberg said, "We're not allowed to talk about our cameos, I'm going to get into trouble for saying this, but Zoot even freaks out Cheech & Chong."