People We Admire – Cheech and Chong

Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong are names that have become bigger than the duo themselves.  Household names for smoking it up and getting into crazy predicaments, not since Shaggy and Scooby have there been such trouble-making stoners (yeah, they were stoners, understand that) getting trapped in a serious pickle.  Dozens of movies and comedy sketches have put these two over the top in terms of hilarity, and rightfully so.  Therefore, let’s take a look at the work these gentlemen have done.

Comedy albums like Cheech & Chong, Big Bambu, and Los Cochinos came out in the early 70’s getting the duo’s careers off the ground, doing a lot to make stoner comedy a more widely acceptable format.  Movies like Up In Smoke, Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, and Nice Dreams were all incredibly funny movies for their time and still hold up very well.  They’ve done live performances and television appearances furthering their status as legends amongst the weed community.  Much of their work related back to old forms of humor with a duo getting into scrapes and finding themselves trapped in bizarre wordplay and sex-humor, all while having the more modern content of drug use tethered to it.  This is why they are a strong link on the chain that leads to modern comedy in films and even in live performance.

The pair have been far from perfection.  In the 80’s they had their conflicts and even came to a point wherein the two could not continue working together.  Marin has been seen in a number TV shows like Lost and stand-up programs along with other well-known comedians.  Chong, on the other hand, made a number of appearances in shows and films, having had a great part for a while in That 70’s Show before having a bit of a run-in with the law over the sale of some merchandise that was frowned upon by the DEA.  Thankfully he’s out and back to making his appearances in shows here and there.

Most recently the two have come to a slight amount of reunion, seemingly taking a “life’s too short” view on their feud.  They’ve made a number of appearances in some major cities for their performances and they have a few projects upcoming including an animated film and a rumored sequel to Up In Smoke.  Nothing’s set in stone, but it’s amazing just to see how strong of a presence the two have in the comedy world and how much they definitely deserve the praise they receive.

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