Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cheech and Chong Are Coming Port Chester

On April 20th (that's right 04/20), the Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke tour is coming to the Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, New York.  They are playing two shows that night.

Tickets go on sale September 15th at 4:20PM local time.  Same old jokes, new city.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tommy Chong to Launch Innovative Content on Cannabis Club TV

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Cannabis Club TV’s unparalleled broadcast technology is set to elevate today’s consumers with an innovative and engaging experience. Cannabis Club TV is the first Direct Out Of Home (DOOH) and Over the Top TV (OTTtv) portable broadcast network devoted to the cannabis industry - at retail, in your pocket and at home.

As the cannabis industry grows, innovative pioneers are leading the way to bring cannabis to the mainstream. Cannabis Club TV will be launching twenty new channels with a variety of different shows from sports to cooking with one of the first being Tommy Chong’s travel show that will be similar to the Anthony Bourdain cooking show with all kinds of cannabis flower and concentrates, from Humbolt to Amsterdam to Nepal to Kentucky.

“I'm excited to announce that I'm developing a cannabis travel show, where I explore all the unique cannabis cultures this planet has to offer. I love to have a Cannabis Club TV channel playing while I'm carving and testing my handmade water pipes,” says Tommy Chong, cannabis pioneer.

Cannabis Club TV retains leading cannabis agency Damanant to be their official agency of record. This powerhouse move brings a wealth of resources together that the cannabis industry has yet experienced.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Real Life Sgt Stadanko has Died

Abe Snidanko who worked undercover in Vancouver busting hippies, has died. He was the inspiration for Cheech and Chong's Sgt Stadanko (Up in Smoke, Nice Dreams, Los Cochinos).

He died August 2nd at 79 years old.

“We needed a name for the cop, and I immediately thought of Abe Snidanko,” said Chong. “I used his name purposely, it was my way of saying, ‘How you doin’, Abe?’ It did make him famous. Years later I got a call from the narcotics office in Vancouver and they said Abe was retiring and wanted me to send him a signed Up in Smoke poster. So I did and apparently Abe wasn’t too pleased.”

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tommy Chong Bandmate Bobby Taylor Passes Away

Yesterday, Bobby Taylor of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers passed away from throat cancer.  Tommy Chong was the guitarist and co-wrote the hit song Does your Mama Know About Me.

  • Bobby met Tommy in 1962 when Tommy came to San Francisco with his band looking for work.
  • Tommy offered Bobby Taylor $750/week and half ownership in his club to perform at the club.
  • Tommy and Bobby discovered the Jackson 5 in 1968 when they opened for the Vancouvers.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Richard 'Cheech' Marin Turns 71

Comedian/actor/art aficionado, Richard 'Cheech' Marin, turns 71 today.  He was born July 13th, 1946 in Los Angeles California.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

California Contributing $1 Million to Cheech Marin Museum

Cash-strapped California is putting $1 million of their budget towards creating the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry.  They only need to raise $2 million more.

The museum will house Cheech Marin's 700+ Chicano art pieces.

Why they'd want Cheech's name on it (with his past) is beyond me.
Your tax dollars at work, California.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tommy Chong is Gawd!

The trailer for Tommy Chong's new film, It's Gawd!, has been released.  In the film, "Amid the threat of nuclear proliferation, global warming and terrorism, the earth's creator tries to reconnect with mankind by returning to the planet and hosting his own variety show."

It also stars Luke Perry and Rebecca Mader.

It will be released in a limited number of theaters July 12th.

Friday, June 23, 2017

"Good Fortune" The Inspirational Life Story Of John Paul DeJoria, Hits The Big Screen

NEW YORK, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Good Fortune, the new documentary chronicling the "rags-to-riches" story of entrepreneur and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, affectionately known as JP, opens today.

JP is best known for building not just one, but two iconic billion-dollar businesses—John Paul Mitchell Systems and PatrĂ³n Spirits—and he now adds John Paul Pet and ROK Mobile to that roster as well. His professional accomplishments include several additional global enterprises, but what's most important to him is staying true to his mantra, "Success Unshared is Failure."

DeJoria moves purposefully and energetically through life, rallying his employees, spearheading back-to-work programs for the homeless, helming a high-seas ship in the Arctic to protect whales from poachers, racing a motorcycle in a charity ride, and working indefatigably on behalf of over a hundred philanthropic ventures. His joyous and hands-on approach to everything he does inspired acclaimed documentarians Josh and Rebecca Tickell to make Good Fortune, a film about the subject's storied evolution, from a man who has been homeless, to his current status as a billionaire and the charismatic proponent of a pioneering and impactful form of philanthropy he calls "conscious capitalism."

Through a series of flashback footage and interviews with friends, fellow entrepreneurs, and business partners, including Arianna Huffington, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, and Michelle Phillips, Good Fortune is an uplifting, inspiring portrait full of wit, humor and substance. Narrated by Dan Aykroyd, JP's dear friend and business partner, Good Fortune follows one of the world's most celebrated business icons as he shares his ultimate secret of success: giving back.

"The film's subject is an extraordinary individual who started life with no material possessions and built a self-made fortune which has enabled him to act as one of the world's most contributive and effective leaders in philanthropy," says Aykroyd. "Sharing his good fortune and giving back,he continuously encourages others to do the same, and has created a network of positive influencers and initiators all over the planet."

JP believes that people, the planet and profit are closely intertwined, and he's on a mission to find innovative ways to share his good fortune with others. He uses resources and relationships to fund and promote causes that help the greater good. He radiates empathy, optimism, good will,and a sense that we should walk in each other's shoes. DeJoria's humility, wisdom, and captivating personality endear him to everyone he meets.

Good Fortune is distributed by Lionsgate and Paladin and produced by Big Picture Ranch. The film opens to the public in New York City on June 23rd and in Los Angeles on June 30th, with release to follow in select cities nationwide. Good Fortune is also available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon and will be available for download on August 1st.

Visit www.goodfortunemovie.com for further information.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

High Times Magazine Has Been Sold

High Times Magazine, which has had the same owners since 1974, has been sold.  Buyers include Damian Marley (Bob Marley's son) and pioneers from Colorado pot shop chain Denver Relief, Isaac Dietrich, founder of cannabis social media site MassRoots, and Nick Kovacevich, CEO of Kush Bottles, a cannabis packaging company.

The company was priced at $70 million.

“It’s a sign of the times,” said Tommy Chong.

High Times’ management and editorial staff remains mostly intact, Levin said. The previous owners remain shareholders.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cheech and Chong Documentary Almost Finished

Tommy Chong's daughter, Robbi and her husband, Dave have been working on a Cheech and Chong documentary.  In a recent interview, Tommy says the doc is almost complete.

We don't know what this doc could possibly have that a/k/a Tommy Chong didn't.  Director, Josh Gilbert, did a thorough job covering the history of Cheech and Chong.  He also spared no expense licensing rare clips of them from back in the day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Birthday! Tommy Chong Turns 79 Years Old

The dopemaster, Tommy Chong, turned 79 today. Tommy was born May 24th, 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rae Dawn Chong's Ex-Husband Dies in Plane Crash

Yesterday, a plane went missing in the Bermuda Triangle.

The people on board were identified as pilot Nathan Ulrich, 52, his reported girlfriend, Jennifer Blumin, the 40-year-old founder of event management company, Skylight Group, and her two sons, four-year-old Phineas and two-year-old Theodore.

Nathan Ulrich was Rae Dawn Chong's (Tommy Chong's daughter) ex-husband.  They were married from 2011-2014.

The 56-year-old Chong told the Daily News that she was certain the mishap was caused by an equipment malfunction.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cheech and Chong's Next Movie Coming to Blu-ray

On June 13th, Cheech and Chong's Next Movie is finally coming to Blu-ray.   Is Blu-ray still a thing?

Unfortunately, there are no deleted scenes.

Special Features:

  • NEW Interview with Cheech Marin 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Radio Spots

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cheech to Star with Robert De Niro

Cheech Marin has joined the cast of Robert Di Nero's new film, The War with Grandpa.

"Tim Hill is set to direct the adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s 1984 novel, which follows a young boy who loves his grandpa Ed (De Niro). But when his grandfather’s wife dies, he has to move in with his grandson and takes his room — much to the youngster’s dismay, who plots a series of pranks to drive him out."

Cheech will portray Ed's friend.

Sounds like a really corny movie.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

One of Best Interviews Ever Conducted with Tommy Chong

Last week, Steve Bloom (Celeb Stoner) interviewed Tommy Chong at ICBC Berlin 2017 in Berlin, Germany.  We typically see are a couple sentences in newspapers where Cheech and Chong are promoting their upcoming gig.

This is the first time I've seen a long-form format with Tommy Chong in which his responses weren't one-liners from his stand-up routine.

At one point, Steve plays Tommy the song he co-wrote while he was in Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers...Does Your Mama Know About Me?  Tommy looks so proud taking a trip down memory lane.

Steve Bloom didn't ask any hard/controversial questions, but this probably wasn't the appropriate forum.

For instance, Steve should have pressed Tommy for the real story behind the sketch Dave's Not Here.

Other than that, this interview is excellent.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Merry Jane Interviews Tommy Chong Part One

Merry Jane magazine posted Part 1 of a 3 part interview with Tommy Chong.  Tommy was promoting his marijuana brand, Chong's Choice.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Geraldo Rivera at Cheech Marin Book Read

Cheech Marin was in New York City last week promoting his new autobiography, Cheech Is Not My Real Name...But Don't Call Me Chong!.   He did a book read at Barnes and Noble which was introduced by Geraldo Rivera.  The Q&A session was hosted by SiriusXM's Jeffrey Gurian.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cheech and Chong to be in Netflix Show

This past week, Cheech and Chong, filmed an episode of the upcoming Netflix show, Disjointed.  Disjointed is about a mom, Kathy Bates, who runs her own marijuana dispensary with the help of her three sons.