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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tommy Chong Supports Donald Trump

In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Tommy says...

"I love him. I gotta tell you the truth. I had a great epiphany. I was really against him right up until he won, and then I had to change my thinking when he gave his acceptance speech. When he said that he was going to rebuild the infrastructure, to me it made all the sense in the world because he’s a builder. He’s a developer. And what better person to have in the White House than a guy who’s going to remodel the country?"

When asked about the wall...

"the wall is symbolic. What the wall really means is that we have to fix the immigration situation."

Tommy Chong Working on Pot Related Show

In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Tommy Chong says he's working on a pot-related reality show.  Cheech will be involved somewhat.

Cheech Convinces Obama to Pardon Tommy Chong

In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Tommy Chong says that when Cheech Marin met with Obama about an unrelated issue, he asked Obama to pardon Tommy Chong.  Obama said he would.

"But to do the paperwork, I have to hire all these lawyers. It’s not worth it. I’m not going to go out of pocket for something that should be given to me so I’m just going to wait it out."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Affinity Connextions and The Legendary Tommy Chong Award Digital Marketing Contract To Studio 420 - A Cannabis Friendly Creative Agency


Studio 420, a cannabis friendly creative agency, today announced it has been selected to provide digital marketing and social media management services for Affinity Connextions and The Legendary Tommy Chong, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida based company that plans to introduce an exclusive Medical Marijuana Rewards Card. Affinity Connextions is taking the next step in the medical marijuana revolution. They are connecting industry leaders, the finest dispensaries, suppliers and powerful advocates to valued patients with a cannabis loyalty card program that benefits all.

“Studio 420 was selected over other competitors for several reasons,” said Mike Sorbara, President of Affinity Connextions. “The most important issues to us were their excellent relationship with cannabis industry clients and their understanding of our needs and their capability to produce the high quality of work we were looking for.”

“Affinity Connextions is an exciting partner for Studio 420 to work with,” said Kurt Whitt, Founder and CEO of Studio 420. “They are pioneers and the leader in rolling out a medical marijuana loyalty card program. Their card members will collect valuable Tokins at participating dispensaries, websites and ancillary businesses, where every dollar spent earns 1 Tokin that can be redeemed online for merchandise in the Affinity Connextions Rewards Catalog. I am excited they have selected Studio 420 for their digital marketing campaign, and I am confident they made the right choice.”

About Studio 420
Studio 420 is a world-class cannabis friendly creative agency dedicated to your success. As an celebrity, investor, grower, marijuana consultant, high-profile dispensary, lab, retailer, club, directory, or association, YOU are the backbone of this growing industry. Through smart use of the latest in design technologies and cannabis marketing strategies, we bring your cannabusiness to the forefront and help make you a key player in the marketplace.

Studio 420 is a subsidiary of Planet Media, a privately held Limited Liability Corporation, incorporated in the State of Colorado. The company was established in 1999 in Mountain View, California and founded by Kurt Whitt, a Silicon Valley business executive with over 25 years of experience in Internet and web based businesses, interactive television, new media, broadcast and broadband communications.

For additional information on Studio 420 or Affinity Connextions, please connect with them at the following contact details.
Studio 420 - A Planet Media Company
RiNo Art District
3515 Ringsby Court, Suite 133
Denver, CO 80216
720-279-1289 - Studio

About Affinity Connextions
Affinity Connextions and The Legendary Tommy Chong have come together to introduce a new and exclusive MMJ Loyalty card. The Tommy Chong Card will allow participating Retailers and Dispensaries to reward patients and consumers for their continued patronage. Members will collect valuable “Tokins”, which can be redeemed online for merchandise, or donated to participating charities. Retailers and Dispensaries who join the program, will see increases in traffic as members are driven to their location via the Affinity Connnextions website.

Affinity Connextions is a product of Encentive Concepts LLC and is managed by loyalty experts with 60+ years of combined experience. This includes an extensive background in Petroleum, Hospitality, Consumer Packaged Goods, Traditional Retail and Online Retail sectors.

Affinity Connextions
3450 Northlake Blvd.,Suite 203
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403
416-671-2424 - Office

Monday, November 14, 2016

Will Arnett’s ‘Comedy Show Show’ & More Set On Audible

Will Arnett’s The Comedy Show Show is now available on Audible, an Amazon company, along with original comedy series featuring comedians Nick Offerman, Dan Savage and more.

The series, which can be accessed via the Audible app, include the first season of Bedtime Stories for Cynics, presented by Nick Offerman, featuring inappropriate children’s stories for adults; Hold On with Eugene Mirman, with guests including “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jim Gaffigan and Lisa Lampanelli among others; Hot Mic with Dan Savage, a collection of awkward, poignant and hilarious stories about lust, longing, and lewd behavior hosted by the sex advice columnist.

Also available are the first season of Sounds Like America, hosted by a rotating cast of comics; Limelight, featuring stand-up shows from comedy clubs around the country; Audible Comedy Specials featuring highlights from comedy festivals and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, featuring dramatic performances of pieces from McSweeney’s literary humor site

Other comedians featured in the above programs include Gilbert Gottfried, John Mulaney, Patton Oswald, Rob Delaney, Tommy Chong, Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Mike Birbiglia and Lisa and Kumail Nanjiani.

“I’m excited to see The Comedy Show Show take off because of the amazing platform that Audible is creating with Channels,” said Arnett. “The opportunity for creative and inventive stand-up comedy to gain exposure and build momentum among Audible’s voracious listener base, and to be part of a growing roster of other incredibly high quality and entertaining shows, is gratifying.”

“Creating a dedicated platform for comedy shows within Audible Channels allows our listeners to discover a quality and quantity of content they won’t be able to find anywhere else,” said Audible Chief Content Officer Andy Gaies. “Audible’s access to comedy shows throughout the country and deep roots in the comedy world allow us to surface the best talent coming out of clubs nationwide. The sheer volume of comedic voices that contribute to these shows set them apart in the audio space, and we are proud to offer these rich listening experiences within Channels.”

Introduced earlier this year, Audible Channels features a selection of original programs, lectures, and audio editions of standout articles and news from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affair, Charlie Rose, The Onion, and other leading periodicals. Audible Channels is free with an Audible membership and to Amazon Prime members, and also available to purchase as a standalone for $4.95 a month.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Lucky Lehrer Hosting Fundraiser and Awareness Campaign at the Legendary Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood, CA

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Marijuana has been used as an agent for achieving euphoria since ancient times; it was described in a Chinese medical reference traditionally considered to date from 2737 B.C.  As one of the most studied and tested substances of all time, marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1850 until 1942 and was prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of conditions.

Under current California law, it is generally illegal to possess or use marijuana.  On November 8 California voters will decide Prop 64, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana in California.   Exactly one week before the election on November 1, Lucky Lehrer, iconic punk/harcore drummer and Flipside Magazine's best punk rock drummer of all time, is pleased to be hosting a "A Celebration of the Music of Mary Jane" at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood from 8:00 pm till 12:30 am, and invites the general public to the event.

Lehrer's foray into the politics of marijuana started in 1974 while working for a freshman congressman on Capitol Hill.  Arguing against the aerial spraying of the defoliant Paraquat on the front page of the student newspaper at the University of California Lehrer observed "the nation's policy on cannabis appears inconsistent and ill advised."  

Performances will include jams by a growing list of luminaries that includes band members of Quiet Riot, Pink, Ozzy Osborne and plenty of others. There's going to be some surprise guest stars, Lehrer hints, because "you can't imagine the number of celebrities that feel passionately in favor of Prop 64." Lehrer is no stranger to the limelight as a founding member of the seminal punk rock group The Circle Jerks, and later with Bad Religion and The Darby Crash Band. "It's great coming back to the Whiskey, the kind of venue where most of us got our start, and feel the club's support at an important time," Lehrer states.

So far as theme music, there's no lack of songs for Lehrer's list of musical celebrities to perform including Jimi Hendrix' The Wind Cries Mary, Along Comes Mary, by The Association, I'm in Love With Mary Jane by Rick James, Smoke Two Joints in the Morning by the Toyes (later covered by Sublime), Reefer Head Woman by Aerosmith and, of course Led Zeppelin's Goin' To California and Sweet Leaf by Black Sabbath.

Who can forget One Toke Over The Line by Brewer & Shipley and Neil Young's famous Roll Another Number?  Then there's The Joker by the Steve Miller Band ("some people call me a space cowboy….") and You Don't  Know How It Feels by Tom Petty.  There's loads of references to marijuana in hip hop, including Doctor Dre's The Next Episode and lots of other songs, some of which we'll perform on November 1 at the Whiskey, Lehrer smiles and says.

The free event also features comedian, actor and writer Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong).  There will be outstanding performances from a host of great performers. According to Lehrer, "you can't imagine the number of celebrities that feel passionately in favor of Prop 64" and there is never a better time to celebrate the music of Mary Jane than now.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

'Alleged' Wife Beater Cheech Marin Calls Donald Trump a Dick and a Bully

The New York Daily News interviewed Richard Cheech Marin who was promoting the upcoming Cheech and Chong shows in New Jersey.

Cheech was asked what it was like being a judge for the 1999 Donald Trump-owned Miss USA pageant in Atlantic City.  "He was a dick and a bully," alleged wife beater, Cheech Marin said.

re: Cheech Marin's memoir.
He's putting the finishing touches on his memoir which will be released this March.

re: Tommy Chong's death hoax.
He's been the target of so many death hoaxes that it doesn't even worry Marin anymore.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tommy Chong Introduces “Chong’s Choice” In Denver, Colorado

Tommy Chong is the latest celebrity to create designer cannabis products. "Chong's Choice" is now being introduced in Denver, exclusively at Northern Lights Cannabis Co.

Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) September 13, 2016

It looks like more and more celebrities are entering the cannabis industry. Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is now the exclusive partner with comedian Tommy Chong’s Choice cannabis products. For the first time ever in Denver, cannabis lovers can now get Chong’s Choice at both metro area Northern Lights Cannabis Co. locations. Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is proud to carry Tommy Chong’s high quality strains Blue Dream, Grape Stomper and Durban Haze. The only place to get Chong’s Choice in Denver is exclusively at Northern Lights Cannabis Co.

Chong’s Choice, founded by legendary comedian and cannabis advocate Tommy Chong, provides the highest quality cannabis products in several states. Available in Arizona, California, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Colorado, Chong’s Choice products are organic, locally sourced, hand picked and packaged as well as lab certified. Tommy’s passion about cannabis began long before the legalization process began and has continued for decades making him a very well known advocate for the cannabis movement. Tommy’s goal with Chong’s Choice is to bring you the very best cannabis products available. And now Denver, he has brought them to you.

Northern Lights Cannabis Co. made history on January 1, 2014 with the first ever legal recreational marijuana sale in Denver, Colorado. Making history since opening its doors in 2010, Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is making history again as the platform for the highly sought Chong’s Choice products.

The strains, Blue Dream, Grape Stomper and Durban Haze are popular hybrid strains that originated in California and Africa and are often used for health and wellness purposes. Blue Dream and Durban Haze are Sativa dominant hybrids while Grape Stomper is an Indica dominate hybrid. These legendary strains are now available in Denver from a legendary cannabis connoisseur.

Mitch Woolhiser, President of Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is proud to offer Chong’s Choice at his Denver area dispensary locations. "We are extremely excited to carry this iconic brand,” says Woolheiser. “Chong's Choice cares about the same things we do: quality product, great service and supporting the mom and pop operations that are the backbone of this evolving industry."

Much like its namesake strain, Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is committed to being unforgettable. This commitment to individualized client services allows a one of a kind experience at either dispensary location. Woolhiser and his wife and business partner Eva strive for excellence by carrying the best cannabis products available while offering the best customer service experience to each person that walks through their doors.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Tommy Chong to be on NOFX Audiobook

NOFX announced that Tommy Chong will be reading one of the chapters in the audiobook version of their biography, NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories.

Each member of the band will read their chapter. Tommy will read the chapter of a former member.

The audiobook will be released August 30th.  You can listen to part of Chong's part here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cheech and Chong Documentary in the Works

Cheech Marin says there's a Cheech and Chong documentary in the works.

Filmmaker, Josh Gilbert, created one of the best documentaries I've ever seen titled a/k/a Tommy Chong.  The doc is brilliant and comprehensive.  It includes lots of unseen interviews and television show appearances.

Shortly after its release, Tommy and Shelby started working behind the scenes with the investor to win ownership of the film Josh created.  Litigation is ongoing.

In the meantime, Tommy Chong decided to create their own.

Cheech Developing Sitcom with Paul Rodriguez

I guess Cheech Marin and Paul Rodriguez are friends again.  They previously had a beef about not being paid for a comedy DVD they released.

They're working on a TV sitcom.

Cheech hasn't been able to get a show on the air since Nash Bridges.  He's shot a number of pilots which were just awful.

Cheech Marin Autobiography to be Released in 2017.

On March 10, 2017, Richard Cheech Marin's autobiography, Cheech is Not My Real Name...But Don’t Call Me Chong, will be released.  This isn't Cheech's first book.  He's written children books and books about Chicano art.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tommy Chong's Doobie And A Movie Nights

Release---Tommy Chong's Doobie and a Movie Nights presented by Chong's Choice. Our first monthly event based in Los Angeles highlighting our ever growing marijuana industry.

We're bringing together today's top marijuana companies and also featuring a couple of great live artists, a handful of Los Angeles's favorite food trucks, various special guest appearances and most importantly; a brand new and exciting way to attend an outdoor film screening with a once in a lifetime introduction to the cult classic film Cheech and Chongs Up in Smoke by the man himself, Tommy Chong.

The night will have no shortness of excitement, from a live DJ, photo ops, free dabs and special VIP only areas.

Remember, you never know who's going to show up! Don't sleep on getting tickets, VIP and GA Pre-Sale are available now!


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This is a Prop D complaint event and we will only be accepting MMJ card holders and 21+ attendees.
A medical marijuana recommendation and valid California ID is required to enter the venue.
Upon entry there will be an onsite doctor if you are not yet a verified patient.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
No outside food, beverage, or ganja allowed into the event.

Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)
Imperial Art Studios - 695 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Friday, August 05, 2016

Win a Wild Night with Tommy Chong for a Great Cause

Sylmar's Wildlife Waystation is having its annual animal fundraiser.

Comedian and activist Tommy Chong, a supporter of the Wildlife Waystation, is having a raffle. For a $10 donation, you can win a VIP dinner and tour with Tommy.

Eight grand prize winners of "A Wild Night Out with Tommy Chong" will be selected at an Aug. 20 drawing. Each winner may invite a guest along (just make sure they're age 18 or older). You'll get a chance to meet Mr. Chong, if you're selected, but even if you don't get the grand prize call, there's a second prize category that includes an afternoon meet-and-greet with the comedy legend.

Purchase your raffle ticket here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Richard 'Cheech' Marin Turns the big 7-0

Comedian/actor/art aficionado, Richard 'Cheech' Marin, turns 70 today.  He was born July 13th, 1946 in Los Angeles California.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Man Who Created Cheech and Chong's Big Bambu Album Cover

Merry Jane caught up with Ernie Cefalu, the artist who created iconic album covers for artists such as The Doors, Earth Wind & Fire, Jefferson Airplane, Aerosmith, the Bee Gees, Quincy Jones, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones and Cheech and Chong.

The article, among other things, discusses how he created the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers cover.

Regarding the Big Bambu album cover:
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong loved it so much, that they went back in the studio and recorded an additional skit with a giant joint. The funny thing is two years ago when I was working on Alice's box set, I ran into Cheech Marin at an event. Rob Zombie was there. Cheech Marin was there to give a check to a charity organization. I looked across the hall, and Cheech Marin came out. He looked at me quizzically “Don't I know you? Oh yeah. You did the cover to Big Bambú! That album sold an extra 100,000 albums because of the cover that you did!!” He shook my hand, and said “I must sign... two of these a week.” 
Ernie is now in the cannabis industry with his King Klone Brand.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tommy Chong's 78th Birthday Bash

Tommy Chong attended his 78th birthday party/Chong's Choice promotional party.  Attendees included the brilliant director Kevin Booth (Sacred Cow Productions), Mike Judge (Beavis & Butt-head, King of the Hill, Office Space), Cheech Marin, RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad).  RJ came because they have the same publicist.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy Birthday! Tommy Chong Turns 78 Years Old

The dopemaster, Tommy Chong, turned 78 today. Tommy was born May 24th, 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tommy Chong Disrespected by Bernie Sanders

Presidential contender, Bernie Sanders, has long welcomed the support of marijuana advocate Tommy Chong.  In fact, Tommy, who turns 78 tomorrow, was scheduled to speak at today's Bernie Sanders rally in East Los Angeles.

However, Bernie got cold feet and uninvited Chong just hours before the rally.
“Now I’m going to look like a fool, like one of those guys who starts bragging about something that isn’t true," Tommy says.

Tommy is trying to play it cool on social media, but he's upset.

Bernie is just another phony politician.

Cheech Marin's Stupid Interview with NY Daily News

Cheech Marin has been making the rounds in New York City promoting his mezcal, Trez Papalote. According to Wikipedia, it's a distilled alcoholic beverage made with agave.

The Daily News spent some time with him.  There's no article, just some corny video where they have staffers constantly interrupt this supposed interview.  It's as if the Daily News is desperately trying to get this video to go viral.  It's not funny at all.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Tommy Chong Doesn't Think Bill Clinton Inhaled

During a TMZ interview this weekend, Tommy Chong says Bill Clinton didn't know who Tommy was when he met him.  Therefore, he believes Bill Clinton when he said he didn't inhale.

He goes on to say that when Cheech Marin met President Obama, Obama recognized him right away.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cheech Marin to be on Gotham Comedy Live Next Thursday

On Thursday, May 19th, Richard Cheech Marin will be on AXS-TV's Gotham Comedy Live.

If you're in New York City, tickets are available now via the Gotham Comedy Club website.

"GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE is the ultimate series for live comedy connoisseurs," said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV's senior vice president, programming and development.  "This season is packed with some of the industry's most promising comedic talent, and hosted by some of entertainment's biggest names as we celebrate the return of this AXS TV comedic staple."

Since 1996, the Gotham Comedy Club has been the premier destination for both up-and-coming comics and legendary veterans to come and hone their craft on one of the country's most esteemed stages. Over the years, it has hosted top-tier talent such as Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, Amy Schumer and Jim Gaffigan, while serving as the backdrop for countless TV shows and films, including the Jerry Seinfeld documentary COMEDIAN; as well as Larry David's CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM; and the long-running stand-up competition series LAST COMIC STANDING. To date, over 100 episodes of GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE have been produced for AXS TV.

GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE is produced by Killer Bunny Entertainment and Sugar Hit Entertainment in association with Gotham Comedy Club.


Each Thursday the audience is given a front-row seat at the legendary Gotham Comedy Club in the heart of Manhattan for the only live, unedited, uncensored stand-up comedy available on television.  The series features the biggest names working the circuit, along with up-and-comers sure to be the next thing.


AXS TV is the cable industry's leading general entertainment network for live event programming. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today's top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. The network's franchises include THE X FACTOR UK and NASHVILLE; as well as original programs such as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; ROCK & ROLL ROAD TRIP WITH SAMMY HAGAR; THE WORLD'S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS; GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE; AXS TV FIGHTS; and INSIDE MMA.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

CHCI Announces 39th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Theme and Events

CHCI Announces 39th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Theme and Events
WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation's leading Hispanic leadership development and educational services organization, today announced the theme Educate.Engage.Vote for its 39th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) celebration in Washington, D.C. on September 13-15, 2016. CHCI hosts the nation's premier events commemorating HHM, which draw more than 3,000 Latino and national leaders from across the country and thousands of live stream viewers from across the globe, to its Public Policy Conference and Annual Awards Gala.

"The year 2016 represents an amazing opportunity for the Latino community to make its voice heard and wield an incredible amount of influence on the future direction of America," said Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, CHCI Chair. "That's why this year's conference theme and events will focus on how American Latinos are engaging in the political process and ensuring they are represented at the highest levels when decisions are made that affect our community. When we translate our growth in numbers into political, cultural and economic influence, America wins."

CHCI will honor renowned actor and entertainer Cheech Marin and Anna Maria Chavez, chief executive officer of Girls Scouts USA, with its Medallion of Excellence Awards in recognition of their accomplishments, leadership and outstanding service to the Latino community at CHCI's 39th Annual Awards Gala on September 15, 2016. The event is the largest gathering of Latino leaders in the country.

Cheech Marin, primarily known as an actor, director and performer, 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 and numerous television shows. In 2005, Cheech directed the Broadway production of Latinologues, a collection of comedic and poignant monologues revealing the Latino experience in America.

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.

Anna Maria Chávez began her career journey in the very same movement she now leads: Girl Scouts. A lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and an award-winning community leader, Anna developed the leadership skills growing up as a Girl Scout in Eloy, Arizona, that would propel her to the office of the chief executive of GSUSA.

Anna's experiences in Girl Scouting lit a passion for public service and social engagement that have defined her educational and career paths. Her desire to make the world a better place led her from her hometown to Yale University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in American history before pursuing a juris doctorate at the University of Arizona. She has since been admitted to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Anna's interest in serving others brought her first to Washington, DC, where she held numerous posts in President Bill Clinton's administration, including senior policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. She later returned to her home state of Arizona to serve as deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development under then-Governor Janet Napolitano.

CHCI kicks off its 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month events with its annual Public Policy Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 13-14. This year, CHCI Chair Rep. Linda Sanchez will be joined by Congressional Hispanic Caucus members, administration officials, and national experts and scholars to participate in timely discussions of major policy issues affecting the Latino community.

The closing and premier event of the week is CHCI's 39th Annual Awards Gala. This prestigious dinner recognizes CHCI's highest honorees and celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of Latino leaders who are giving back to their communities. The Gala draws more than 2,000 guests including federal and local elected officials, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and celebrities.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 - October 15. For CHCI, it also represents an opportunity to feature its highly competitive and nationally acclaimed Latino youth leadership development programs, including two fellowship programs, a congressional internship program, scholarship-intern programs, and college readiness programs, Ready to Lead (R2L®) and R2L® NextGen, for high school students.

About CHCI

CHCI is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,700 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, scholar-intern programs, Ready to Lead (R2L®) college readiness program, and R2L NextGen program. CHCI NextOpp is its latest resource allowing young Latinos to save, search and share life-changing opportunities for Latinos across the United States.

The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. Visit, or join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cheech and Chong are Coming to Napa

On May 26th, the Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke tour featuring WAR, is coming to the Uptown Theatre Napa, in Napa, California.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am local time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Cheech and Chong to Play Pemberton Music Festival


With Early Bird tickets having sold out so quickly, a limited supply of Advance General Admission tickets will be available this Friday, April 8 at 10:00am PT at

 Tickets for the 2016 festival start at $295, plus a choice of either a camping pass (which accommodates up to four people) at $199 or shuttle pass (for festival patrons staying in nearby Whistler) at $99. For campers who choose to drive, parking passes are available at $29 per car. Upon purchasing their tickets, Pemberton Music Festival campers will have a choice between the energetic North Campground or the South Campground, a more relaxing area with closer parking options. The festival site is the dividing line between the two campgrounds. Full ticketing details and prices, including Regular General Admission, VIP and Super VIP packages, are now available at “We are incredibly excited to announce the lineup for 2016,” says A.J. Niland, Chairman and CXO of Huka Entertainment. “The lineup carries on our tradition of diversity and depth so there is something for everyone. We have been working hard making improvements and expanding the experience - more space, better camping, more art, and bigger production. We can’t wait to welcome the best artists and the best fans to the most beautiful festival in North America.” Pemberton Music Festival is a four-day contemporary music festival in British Columbia’s scenic Pemberton Valley, near the foot of majestic Mt. Currie. Produced and promoted by Huka Entertainment, in collaboration with the Village of Pemberton and land partners Sunstone Group, Lil’wat Nation and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the festival turns Pemberton Valley, located less than thirty minutes from Whistler, BC, into a premiere musical playground. Last year’s event drew more than 115,000 fans and featured nearly 120 performances by 113 artists over four days. In addition, the festival donated over $100,000 in grants to arts organizations in the Pemberton community. Pemberton Music Festival provides a blend of on-site camping and off-site hotel lodging options. While camping options will allow attendees to stay directly on festival grounds, those seeking the comforts of a home away from home can secure traditional lodging in nearby Whistler, BC. Non-camping patrons will have access to festival-supplied transportation, including shuttles from Whistler. Campgrounds for 2016 will build upon the expansions that were introduced at the 2015 festival. Notable improvements this year will include streamlined entrance and exit and a brand new camping ambassador program that will help maintain and preserve the beautiful festival site. The camping ambassadors will be on-site throughout the duration of the festival and will help guide campers during load-in, hand out trash bags, and provide helpful information packets. Other returning amenities will include specialized food offerings for VIP patrons as well as water filling stations, showers and more in the campgrounds. Pemberton Music Festival is proud to welcome its partners Molson Canadian and Somersby Cider to its 2016 event. For more information, please visit Pemberton Music Festival on the following platforms: Web: Twitter: FB: Instagram: Snapchat: @Pemberton_Fest (#pembyfest) Pembyfest

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Look Into Tommy Chong’s Growing Facility

This is great.  Tommy Chong gave HERBREVIVAL's Sean Evans a tour of his Chong's Choice marijuana growing facility.


Tuesday, March 08, 2016

AXS TV Kicks Off A Star-Studded Sixth Season Of 'GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE' With Entertainment Icon David Hasselhoff, Hosting The Season Premiere On Thursday, March 31 At 10pE

LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Get ready to laugh with GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE, as the popular AXS TV stand-up series returns for its sixth season, premiering on Thursday, March 31, at 10pE. The weekly program puts the spotlight on some of the country's top comics, as the favorites of today and the icons of tomorrow take the stage to deliver humorous sets live from the world-famous Gotham Comedy Club in New York City—which celebrates its 20th Anniversary in May. Each episode of GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE is hosted by a different all-star entertainment personality and the season six premiere kicks off with the iconic David Hasselhoff serving as emcee. Hasselhoff will introduce the night's comics, bringing along his trademark wit and self-deprecating charm as he promotes his new AXS TV comedy series HOFF THE RECORD.

In addition to Hasselhoff, the new season welcomes several all-star hosts to the show, featuring "The Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli (April 7); blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson (April 14); Soviet sensation Yakov Smirnoff (April 28); beloved big man Brad Garrett (May 5); Kentucky-fried comedian Norm Macdonald (May 12); fan-favorite Cheech Marin (May 19); SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE standouts Cheri Oteri (May 26) and Jon Lovitz (June 9); and UNDATEABLE star Chris D'Elia (June 23), among others.

"GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE is the ultimate series for live comedy connoisseurs," said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV's senior vice president, programming and development.  "This season is packed with some of the industry's most promising comedic talent, and hosted by some of entertainment's biggest names as we celebrate the return of this AXS TV comedic staple."

Since 1996, the Gotham Comedy Club has been the premier destination for both up-and-coming comics and legendary veterans to come and hone their craft on one of the country's most esteemed stages. Over the years, it has hosted top-tier talent such as Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, Amy Schumer and Jim Gaffigan, while serving as the backdrop for countless TV shows and films, including the Jerry Seinfeld documentary COMEDIAN; as well as Larry David's CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM; and the long-running stand-up competition series LAST COMIC STANDING. To date, over 100 episodes of GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE have been produced for AXS TV.

GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE is produced by Killer Bunny Entertainment and Sugar Hit Entertainment in association with Gotham Comedy Club.


Each Thursday the audience is given a front-row seat at the legendary Gotham Comedy Club in the heart of Manhattan for the only live, unedited, uncensored stand-up comedy available on television.  The series features the biggest names working the circuit, along with up-and-comers sure to be the next thing.


AXS TV is the cable industry's leading general entertainment network for live event programming. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today's top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. The network's franchises include THE X FACTOR UK and NASHVILLE; as well as original programs such as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; ROCK & ROLL ROAD TRIP WITH SAMMY HAGAR; THE WORLD'S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS; GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE; AXS TV FIGHTS; and INSIDE MMA.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Tommy Chong Witnessed Johnny Carson Cocaine Usage

Tommy Chong debuted his new podcast this past week on CANNABISRADIO.COM.

Tommy mentions seeing Johnny Carson after he retired.  He had long hair.  It was in the men's room of a Malibu restaurant.  Carson was putting water up his nose, trying to breathe.  "He was in there snorting the cocaine out of his nose"  His face was under the water tap.  Carson "looked like Howard Hughes."

Friday, March 04, 2016

Tommy Chong Lights Up A Smokin' New Podcast

TOMMY CHONG, best known as one-half of the iconic comedy duo CHEECH & CHONG, is now hosting a self-titled podcast, which debuted on MARCH 2nd.

New episodes of “The TOMMY CHONG Podcast” will air WEDNESDAYS at 9p ET on CANNABISRADIO.COM, and via the TUNEIN RADIO and SPREAKER RADIO apps. Archived episodes of “The TOMMY CHONG Podcast” can be downloaded on-demand from iTUNES, STITCHER, iHeartRadio and at

In the first episode, they discuss:
Tommy Chong's cancer.
Tommy mentions repeatedly that Cheech Marin doesn't like him.
He discusses about what a disaster it was presenting at the 1984 Academy Awards.
Tommy says he saw Johnny Carson after he retired.  Carson had long hair and was in the men's room putting water up his breathe.  He couldn't breathe because Carson was washing out the cocaine from the night before.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Tommy Chong and Vice Using THC Suppositories

Krishna Andavolu, host of VICELAND's show WEEDIQUETTE, met Tommy Chong in his kitchen to show how he treated his cancer.  Yes, they both use THC suppositories in this video.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tommy Chong Podcast Coming Soon

The Tommy Chong Podcast is coming soon...again.  First, there was his PotCast.  Then, there was the Chong and Chong Show which included his son, Paris, for whatever reason.

Next up is the Tommy Chong Podcast.  It will be presented by Cannabis Radio.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cheech & Chong - Live on Maui on April 30th With Special Guest Brian Evans

LAHAINA, Hawaii, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Get your vacation planned for Maui! Cheech & Chong are coming!

Successful beyond their wildest dreams, the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred comedy routines. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong's phenomenal success began on the stand up comedy circuit which led to 9 hit comedy albums and 8 hit films, breaking box office records, shattering comedy album sales, garnering multiple Grammy nominations and mesmerizing fans for more than a decade.

With nine albums released from 1972 through 1985, Cheech and Chong were nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album with their third album, Los Cochinos, released in 1973. Big Bambu, their second album, was the biggest selling comedy record of all time in 1972 and remained so for many years. Their stunningly successful comedy streak transitioned to film in 1978 with their first movie, "Up In Smoke," the highest grossing comedy of 1978, topping $100 million at the box office. Cheech and Chong co-wrote and starred in a total of eight feature films together, all directed by Chong.

From the world famous Troubadour in Los Angeles where they were initially discovered, Cheech & Chong announced their first tour in over 25 years

Crooner Brian Evans, one of the countries most successful big band crooners in the style of Frank Sinatra, will perform hits such as "At Fenway," "Creature," and other songs that have amassed tens of millions of views on YouTube. As the former opening act for stars such as Jay Leno and Joan Rivers, Evans new CD will be supported by several music videos including "Here You Come Again" and "Planet Blue," a video to be directed by William Shatner, who portrayed the home plate umpire in Brian's wildly popular Red Sox video "At Fenway," which has reached almost 12 million views. His music is heard on shows ranging from "So You Think You Can Dance" to "BoJack Horseman" on Netflix. His "At Fenway" video has been added to both The National Baseball Hall of Fame and The Baseball Almanac. He is the first artist ever to film a music video at The Bates Motel, the actual film location of The Alfred Hitchcock thrilled, "Psycho."

Last month, The Maui Celebrity Series presented Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges to a packed house. This will be the 28th concert produced by The Maui Celebrity Series. Past concerts included David Spade, Mos Def, William Shatner, Bob Saget, among others.

The Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, issued Evans a Commendation for bringing The Maui Celebrity Series back to the island last month.

A portion of the show proceeds will benefit Mental Health Kokua and The American Sleep Apnea Association. Follow Brian on Twitter @croon1 for more information about this crooner that is about to take the world by storm.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Tommy Chong has Five More Months of Chemo

Tommy Chong has lost so much weight from chemotherapy that he needs to smoke marijuana to keep his appetite and to keep happy.  He tells Rolling Stone magazine that he still has five months of chemo remaining.

Cheech and Chong have been doing stand-up here and there, but Tommy says he spends most of his day laying in the sun.

As you recall, he served 9 months in federal prison in 2003.  He's hoping that if he supports Bernie Sanders, he'll receive the pardon he's been seeking.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Rest in Peace Crackhead Bob

Legendary Howard Stern Show wackpacker, Crackhead Bob, passed away on January 18 - 20th at the age of 56. His real name was George Harvey, but was unable to say the word George after multiple crack-induced strokes.

Before I reunited Cheech and Chong, Tommy Chong was auditioning people to replace Cheech.  Crackhead Bob was one of these people.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Tommy Chong Endorses Sanders for 'Commander in Kush'

Today, Tommy Chong posted a video on YouTube endorsing Bernie Sanders. He calls Bernie 'Commander in Kush' because he supports the legalization of marijuana.

He compares the other candidates to plants.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cheech and Chong are Coming to Hawaii

On April 30th, the Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke tour is coming to Maui, Hawaii.

Tickets haven't been announced yet.

April 30
The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
Maui, Hawaii

LAHAINA, Hawaii, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dude, Jeff Bridges, and The Crooner, Brian Evans, rocked Maui, Hawaii on Saturday, January 23rd, to a packed crowd at The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Singer/Songwriter Dayle Tejada opened the show with a rousing performance.

The Oscar winning actor joined the singer's concert series for the event. Stars ranging from Bob Saget to Mos Def have performed the dozens of monthly concerts put on by Evans, who also serves as the opening act.

Evans, who will soon release a new CD and music video, sang several songs from the upcoming release. His new single "Here You Come Again," is being supported by a music video that will be released in March, and features William Shatner, Dog The Bounty Hunter, Beth Chapman, Leland Chapman and comedian Paul Rodriguez.

Other singles on Evans upcoming release include "Maui Moon," "Croonerman," "This Town," and "Planet Blue," which will also be supported by a music video to be directed by William Shatner. Shatner recently performed a concert on Maui last month, performing a duet with the singer.

"It is a privilege to be doing this," says Evans, who also produces the increasingly popular "Maui Celebrity Series," and has been working on numerous other projects, including his two books "Horrorscope" and "The Funny Robbers," both released in the past several months. "It had been a difficult few years prior to this past year, which has brought a lot of things together for me."

Bridges mentioned from the stage his support for The American Sleep Apnea Association while embracing Evans, who lost his mother in 2012 from the condition following what was supposed to be a routine knee surgery. "Jeff Bridges is a class act all the way, and one of the nicest people that I have ever met. Everyone from his agent to his publicist were awesome people that let us do our thing, and then Jeff just blew everybody away."

Evans YouTube videos "At Fenway," which co-stars Shatner, has been added to the library of The National Baseball Hall of Fame. It has received close to 12 million views to date. His last video "Creature," which co-stars comedian Carrot Top, is the first full length music video ever to be filmed at The Bates Motel, the actual film locations of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "Psycho."

Evans videos tend to target landmarks, providing the material continuous relevance.

"Halloween and baseball won't go away," says Evans. The Netflix show "BoJack Horseman" use his music on the popular animated show, as does "So You Think You Can Dance," among others. His live performance of "Witchcraft" has received over 6 million views and counting.

Evans will next present Cheech & Chong on Maui on April 30th, 2016. Dayle Tejada, whose single "Nothing But Love" is now available on iTunes, will also appear.

"The venue is about to get much bigger for what I'm doing," says Evans. "And other things as well. It wasn't easy to get here."

Partial proceeds also benefit Mental Health Kokua, a charity that seeks to assist the adult homeless of Hawaii. In December, the Governor of Hawaii issued Evans a Commendation for creating The Maui Celebrity Series. For more information on the charities mentioned in this article, visit and

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cheech Marin Writing his Memoirs

Richard Cheech Marin told the Sunny South News that's he's working on a few things right now including Cars 3 and writing his memoirs.

“I’m really enjoying that. It’s kind of reliving all the past moments and, oh yeah that happened, I’m going to write about that,” he said. “I’m little over a half way through it.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tommy Chong's Former Publicist Invents the Conversion Stone

RIO RANCHO, NM -- OU Vape 2, LLC, hits a homerun with the new lifestyle brand, the Conversion Stone. Tommy Chong's former publicist and owner of OU Vape 2, Brandie Knight, invents a high-quality glass filtration product for a healthier way to smoke and vaporize with an inexpensive price tag. In July 2015, the Conversion Stone product line was introduced in Las Vegas, NV, at the Champs Trade Show where it was named the "Most Innovative Product." The Conversion Stone was picked up by U.S. and Canada distributors, who started shipping the product to stores in late November.In December 2015, HQ Trade Magazine named the Conversion Stone the "Top 2015 Product."

The Conversion Stone replaces the need for nails (titanium, ceramic and glass), carb caps, roll-your-own filters, pipe screens, vaporizer devices and concentrate dabbing devices. It turns combustible vape pens into true vaporizers with noncombustible heat and protects the heating coils to last longer. "The Conversion Stone has simplified the Cannabis industry with a simple, yet, healthy scientific design that produces big results," said inventor, Brandie Knight. "It's a game changer."

The Conversion Stone is a reusable, high-quality glass filtration with various methods of use. This new innovative product converts any smoking device with a bowl -- handheld pipes, bubblers, chillums, waterpipes, wooden monkey pipe, etc. -- into vaporizers or for concentrate dabbing and eliminates the need for expensive accessories. The Conversion Stone is used for rolling-your-own jays and blunts to control the heat, filter and control the release of smoke, which results in a smoother hit. The Conversion Stone is built to last, thermal shock resistant and self-cleaning. The filtration reduces toxins related to using butane lighters and filters particles and impurities related to smoke, which results in a healthier smoking environment, a smoother hit and retains the full flavor taste. The contents will not be orally sampled or wasted. The conservation allows for low heat (single torch lighter or a traditional lighter), fast to heat, saves butane and retains heat.

With the various uses of the Conversion Stone, OU Vape 2 is working with well-known brands to implement the Conversion Stone into new product designs.
Patent Pending. The Conversion Stone is a trademark of OU Vape 2, LLC.  For more information, visit the company's website.