Cheech and Chong on 40th anniversary of 'Up in Smoke': "It was: 'We represent the norm: middle-of-the-road-dopers. You just don't realize it yet. Almost a half a century has passed since the two comedians met in Vancouver, launching an enduring improv routine that they still regularly perform live on the road. And even now that each is in his 70s, they still seem to have the same spark pun intended. Cheech and Chong established a social currency with Up in Smoke that Hollywood had severely underestimated — a film about a subculture it had been ignoring — and, as both critics and audiences embraced it, it helped signal a turning point for comedy. For Marin, though, the thing that strikes him when he watches it today is the approach to comedy. We let the audience decide what was funny, instead of chopping it up with real short edits. Sometimes I feel like a goose being force-fed the cues to laugh. Marin and Chong first met in and bonded over a love of improv.
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Thomas B. Kin Chong  born May 24, is a Canadian-American actor, writer, director, musician, cannabis rights activist and comedian. He became a naturalized United States citizen in the late s. Kin Chong   was born on May 24, , in Edmonton , Alberta. His mother was of Scotch-Irish Canadian ancestry,  and his father was a Chinese Canadian who immigrated in the s. As a youth, Tommy Chong moved with his family to Calgary , settling in a conservative neighbourhood Chong has referred to as "Dog Patch". He has said that his father had "been wounded in World War II and there was a veterans' hospital in Calgary. I dropped out of Crescent Heights High School when I was 16 but probably just before they were going to throw me out anyway I played guitar to make money.
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Skip to main content Cheech and Chong Movies. Tommy Chong Presents Comedy At I had seen this show prior to purchasing it here on Amazon. I thought it was hilarious The show itself I would give 5 stars. The issue I have after purchasing? It's not mentioned in the product description, that the dvd comes in a simple thin cardboard sheath. Like a promo disc that if you place in between your other dvds, you're likely to have trouble finding it later.
The duo met in Vancouver, British Columbia , in the late s. Chong was a Canadian citizen, and Cheech had moved there from southern California to avoid the draft at the height of the Vietnam War. Perhaps their most famous line is "Dave's not here", from their self-titled debut album. Their early success culminated with the release of their first feature-length movie, Up in Smoke , in Tommy Chong directed four of their films while co-writing and starring in all seven with Cheech Marin. This song later served as the basis for film of the same name , in which Cheech Marin played the starring role.