Seven* Questions: Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, Cheech & Chong
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Today's subjects are Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, collectively known as Cheech & Chong.
The comedy duo of Cheech & Chong rose to fame in the 1970s and 80s through their stand-up act, comedy albums and films. Their first film, Up in Smoke, released in 1978 remains a cult classic and is considered to be one of the first movies in the "Stoner film" genre. The duo split up in 1985, with both pursuing successful solo careers. On July 30, 2008, the two reunited for the first time publicly at The Troubadour to announce their fall comedy tour, "Cheech and Chong Light Up America/Canada."
Tonight at 8 p.m., you can find Cheech & Chong honored in part two of VH-1's “Lords of the Revolution” a five-night documentary series celebrating the counterculture icons of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The series, hosted by Richard Belzer will pay homage to "Lords of the Revolution" like Muhammad Ali (last night's episode), The Black Panthers (Wednesday night), Timothy Leary (Thursday night) and Andy Warhol (Friday night).
LAist had the honor of speaking with Cheech & Chong about their reunion, their break up, Tommy's arrests, Cheech's wedding which took place on Saturday (Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officiated), legalization of marijuana and the moon. Yes the moon, they go out there, man.