Cheech & Chong: Light Up America


When Tommy Chong parted ways with his partner in comedy, Cheech Marin, in the mid-'80s, he was devastated. A casualty of creative differences, one of the greatest comedy duos had ceased to operate. More than 25 years later, the fence has been mended, and while Tommy Chong tries to remain cool, he sounds almost giddy talking to City Pages. "It was one of those 'the-timing-is-right' things," he says from his home in Los Angeles. "Most groups get back together because of financial reasons. They go on their own artistic trip and then find out that they can make considerably more if they get back together." While the two have been seen separately on TV over the years, they felt the opportunities might be drying up. "Basically, Cheech ran out of Nash Bridges, I ran out of That '70s Show, and it didn't look like we were going to get another one in the near future, so it was one of those things where we looked at each other and said, 'Why not?'" The live show, as Chong describes it, is a greatest-hits show. "We take people on a trip," he adds. Chong's wife, Shelby, opens the show with her own brand of standup comedy, then introduces the famous pair. "We do skits, then we get into music, then we go back into skits, music, dancing, and a sing-along. Kind of like a stoner vaudeville."
Sat., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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