Richard "Cheech" Marin
and Tommy Chong, a.k.a. Cheech and Chong,
were a comedy
duo who found a wide audience in the 1960s
for their stand-up routines, which were based upon the 1960s
"hippie," "free love" and (especially) "drug culture" movements. Cheech played a Mexican immigrant who had been born in Los Angeles and raised in the Hispanic
community, while Chong was a burned out "druggie" whose entire life revolved around getting high.
The duo released a number of successful comedy albums, and starred in a series of low-budget movies. Their best-known comedy sketches include "Earache My Eye," "Santa Claus and his Old Lady," and "Sister Mary Elephant."
Image of the Cheech and Chong comedy album Cheech and Chong's Greatest Hit.
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.
Tommy Chong also pursued a solo career, starring in such comedies as Far Out Man. He is currently on That '70s Show[?] where he still plays a burnt out hippie.
Tommy Chong's California-based company, Chong Glass, was raided by federal officials on February 25, 2003, as part of a federal cracldown on "drug-related paraphernalia."
- Up in Smoke (1978)
- Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980)
- Nice Dreams (1981)
- Things Are Tough All Over (1982)
- Still Smokin (1983)
- Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984)
- Get Out of My Room (1985)
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