Cheech and Chong Biography

Cheech and Chong Biography
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong were an American comedy duo who found a wide audience in the 1960s and 1970s for their stand-up routines, which were based upon the era's hippie, free love and (especially) drug culture movements. Cheech played a cholo from Los Angeles, while Chong was a burnt-out "druggie" whose entire life revolved around getting high.



Cheech and Chong released a number of successful comedy albums, and starred in a series of low-budget films. Their best-known comedy routines include "Earache My Eye," "Basketball Jones," "Santa Claus and his Old Lady," and "Sister Mary Elephant." Perhaps their all-time most famous line is "Dave's not here, man" (from their self-titled debut album).

The duo separated in the 1980s due to creative differences. Cheech Marin worked on a solo career, finding success in a one-hit wonder song entitled "Born In East L.A." (based on Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."). He did character voices for several animated feature films, including Disney's Oliver and Company (1988), as well as starring in various comedy films including Shrimp on the Barbie, as a lead in the CBS television series Nash Bridges and a recurring guest role on Judging Amy.

Tommy Chong also pursued a solo career, starring in such comedies as Far Out Man. He had co-starred on the Fox Television series That '70s Show where he still played a burnt-out hippie.

Cheech and Chong had plans to reunite for another film when Tommy Chong's California-based company, Chong Glass, was raided by federal officials on February 25, 2003, as part of a federal crackdown on "drug-related paraphernalia." Tommy Chong pleaded guilty to charges of distributing drug paraphernalia in May and on September 11, 2003 was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison, fined USD$20,000, and forced to forfeit USD$120,000 in assets. He served the time between October 8, 2003 and July 7, 2004. With Chong off the hook, the duo planned to resume production on their latest opus. A variety of titles were rumored, including Grumpy Old Stoners. Unfortunately, Cheech and Chong announced on September 8th that the reunion film had been cancelled.

Comedy albums

  • 1971 Cheech & Chong
  • 1972 Big Bambu
  • 1973 Los Cochinos
  • 1974 Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album (contains Earache My Eye)
  • 1976 Sleeping Beauty
  • 1979 Up in Smoke (Soundtrack)
  • 1980 Let's Make a New Dope Deal
  • 1981 Cheech and Chong's Greatest Hit
  • 1985 Get Out of My Room
  • 2002 Cheech and Chong Anthology

Film List (Cheech and Chong)

  • Up in Smoke (1978)
  • Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980)
  • Nice Dreams (1981)
  • It Came From Hollywood (1982)
  • Things Are Tough All Over (1982)
  • Still Smokin' (1983)
  • Yellowbeard (1983)
  • Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984)
  • Get Out of My Room (1985)

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