Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Tommy Chong Returning as Leo in That '70s Show Reboot

That '90s Show continues shaping up to be a true successor to That '70s Show – and today brings those connections a bit closer, as a fan-favorite actor from That '70s Show has joined the upcoming Netflix reboot. Tommy Chong revealed during a recent podcast appearance that he is part of the cast of That '90s Show; Chong regularly appeared on That '70s Show as "Leo" the aging burnout hippie who ran the Foto Hut photoshop. 

Chong's presence (as one half of iconic comedic stoner duo, Cheech and Chong) was part of the running gag about the kids of That '70s Show being potheads – without ever being able to directly reference it onscreen. Chong earned a lot of laughs playing up his actual '70s stoner screen persona for a whole new generation – and now he gets to do it again! 

Funny enough, Chong was pretty much in step with his own persona by breaking this news to The Dave Mark Show: "They never gave me any instructions, so I don't know if I'm supposed to be talking about it or not," Chong said. "I really don't give a shit to tell you the truth. That's what I'm known for...I'm back as Leo."


Happy Birthday! Tommy Chong is 84 Years Old

 The dopemaster, Tommy Chong, turned 84 today. Tommy was born May 24th, 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

‘Cheech’ Marin to receive lifetime achievement award in San Jose

 Cheech Marin will be in San Jose later this month to receive a community award for his lifetime achievements as an actor, activist, and Chicano art supporter.

Marin, who is most known for his role in the comedy “Cheech & Chong” during the 70s and 80s, will be presented the Latino Leadership Alliance’s lifetime achievement “Ollin Award.” The award derives from MesoAmerican Indigenous cultures (Ollin meaning ” movement” in the Aztec’s Nahuatl language) and is associated with being a great leader who possesses wisdom, long life, good advice, and mental balance.

The actor is set to open “The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Arts & Culture,” which is being called the world’s largest Chicano art collection later this summer in Riverside, California where more than 700 pieces of Chicano Art will be housed.

“After collectively surviving the last two years of a pandemic,  we are celebrating our arts leaders who create, curate, and celebrate the beauty of our communities daily – many of whom are still struggling to recover,” said Mayra Flores, LLA Co-Chair. “Cheech’s efforts to not only support but center and uplift Chicano art through his museum serves as a leadership example we want to honor.”

The Ollin Award has been presented to five of California’s most influential Latino leaders, including the State’s first Latino Senator Alex Padilla (2021, former Santa Clara County Supervisor and the first Latina San Jose City Council member and Vice Mayor Blanca Alvarado (2020), Latino Leadership Alliance co-founder and former East Side Union High School District Trustee Eddie Garcia (2019), Stanford University Professor Emeritus and one of the founding scholars of the field of Mexican American history and Chicano Studies Dr. Albert Camarillo (2018), and Actor/Producer, Founder of Centro Legal de La Raza, and Founder of the National Association of State Latino Chambers of Commerce Tony Quintero (2013).

Marin will receive the Ollin Award during LLA’s 5th Annual Gala on May 25 at The School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose and will also deliver the evening’s keynote address.

“Art is an essential part of our society and it can help and inspire leadership,” said Erika Bustamante, LLA Co-Chair. “We are excited to celebrate both, art and leadership, at our Gala and we are thrilled to be able to honor Cheech and his efforts with our Ollin award.”

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Cheech & Chong Visiting Santa Cruz Dispensary For Meet & Greet

 SANTA CRUZ, CA — The famous pair Cheech and Chong will stop by Santa Cruz Friday for a meet and greet at KindPeoples Dispensary .

"Meet the legends together at Ocean Street and receive a signed poster from Cheech & Chong," the dispensary said.

The public is invited to the event anytime from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

KindPeoples will also offer a handful of deals at the meet and greet. The dispensary's address is 533 Ocean Street.

Monday, April 04, 2022

Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights To Jennifer Lopez Lionsgate Romantic Comedy ‘Shotgun Wedding’

The Jennifer Lopez-Josh Duhamel Lionsgate romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding is heading straight to streaming as Prime Video has snatched up all U.S. rights for the pic from Lionsgate. No release date has been set on the streamer, but similar to other Prime Video features, it’s expected that Shotgun Wedding will also receive a day-and-date limited theatrical release.

Prime Video previously acquired international streaming rights for the Jason Moore-directed action-comedy in several key territories, where the movie will still receive a theatrical release.

In Shotgun Wedding, Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel) gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as the couple begin to get cold feet. And if that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, everyone’s lives become suddenly in danger when the entire party is taken hostage. The pic also stars Jennifer Coolidge, Sonia Braga, Cheech Marin, Selena Tan and Lenny Kravitz. Shotgun Wedding was written by Mark Hammer and produced by Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina and Alex Young.

“Packed with action, comedy, and a dash of romance, Shotgun Wedding is one of those rare films with something for everyone,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “With a cast led by Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel, the film is bursting with star power and fantastic performances. We are thrilled to work with the entire filmmaking team to bring this hilarious, multifaceted film to Prime Video audiences around the world.”

Shotgun Wedding previously had a theatrical release date of July 1, which is where Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru is also dated, in addition to Bleecker Street’s Mr. Malcolm’s List. I hear that Amazon made an offer that was too good for Lionsgate to refuse. The distributor has profited off of selling off previous theatrical titles to streamers, i.e. the Sarah Paulson thriller Run to Hulu.

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Cheech and Chong Want to Come to Your House on 4/20

April is a busy month for Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong. The comedy duo — best known as Cheech & Chong — is promoting Cheech & Chong’s Cannabis Company, a consortium of weed-related businesses that includes marijuana distribution, dispensaries and a take-out service with a contest that allows three people in the Los Angeles area to have the legendary stoners appear at their homes on April 20, aka 4/20.

Entering the contest is easy: Anyone who makes a purchase between today and April 15 from Cheech & Chong’s Takeout is automatically entered to win. For those who don’t smoke weed, the prize is like God knocking on your door on a Sunday morning and asking to go to church with you.

Cheech and Chong have individual weed businesses (Tommy Chong’s Cannabis and Cheech’s Stash), but Cheech & Chong’s Cannabis Company marks the first time the twosome has gone into the marijuana business together. We decided to speak to them about their latest venture and asked that the interview be conducted from inside of the Love Machine, to which they obliged.

Los Angeles contributor Ryan Ritchie: Does anybody interview you and not tell you how excited they are to interview both of you?

Cheech Marin: No. Pretty much they are excited whenever they see us. I think they can’t believe we’re still alive.

Tommy Chong: They refer to me kind of like as a deity, like I’m a Holy person or something, because every time they look at me, they go, “Oh, my God.”

RR: To some of us, both of you are deities. What does it mean to have a stranger say they’re excited to interview you?

TC: It means you get a good seat in a restaurant. It can be crowded, and people lined up, but as soon as they see us, “Right this way, Mr. Marin, Mr. Chong, whichever one you are.”

CM: One of the advantages is you know good Mexican food from bad Mexican food. Some people don’t know that. Good Mexican food tastes like it just got made. Bad Mexican food got made sometime last century.

RR: Do you get confused for each other?

TC: Yeah. All the time. When I got out of jail, I was sleeping with my wife. She woke me up and she says, “Cheech, Cheech, get up. Chong will be home.” I was halfway down the block before I realized that, hey, I’m Chong.

RR: When you see stoner comedies — The Big Lebowski, Harold and Kumar, basically every Seth Rogen film — are you excited or do you think you should be getting a piece of that?

CM: It’s a brotherhood. We’re all in this together, like Pineapple Express, The Big Lebowski and Friday.

RR: Are you happy with where cannabis is right now?

CM: I’d be happier if it was federally legal.

TC: That’s coming. As soon as they decide if we’re going to stay a democracy or be a dictatorship. That’s still up in there whether we’re going to have Ted Cruz as our next president, you know? Anybody can be president. We proved that the dumbest idiot on Earth can be president and here we are.

RR: When you saw the medical marijuana push, did you know this was the start of decriminalization?

CM: Yeah, absolutely, because what are they going to do? “Oh, I’m only smoking this weed medically. It has nothing to do with getting high. You get high, but that’s just a side effect.”

TC: Marijuana has always been a racist law. It’s the excuse the cops had to stop and search Black people and Brown people and take their money. The way the laws are constructed to say, “Yeah, you can sell all the weed you want, but when we catch you, we’re going to take all your money, take everything you own, because we got it written in the law.” Now they found out medically, it really is a medicine, and because of the little baby that had epilepsy and that doctor Sanjay Gupta show on CNN, there’s no argument against the medical use of it. Now it’s a matter of how to deal with the so-called recreation end of it. Personally, I think all marijuana should be considered medical because it is a medicine. The ideal thing would be to leave it medical, do it so it’s schedule two, not a schedule one, take it off schedule one, which gives the cops every reason in the world to do no-knock warrants and stuff like that and eliminate the racist part of the law.

RR: Two the things I noticed about your work is that the cops were the bad guys. The second is that Tommy, the characters you’re playing, the hippie, if you will, is often the smarter of the two. He’s the one playing the pranks and I wonder before that if the hippie was typecast as the bad guy or the stupid guy.

CM: It was more like they thought they were misled and stupid.

TC: They’ve been used down the centuries. They’re the scapegoats. They’re the peace lovers. The meek that the Bible talk about shall inherit the Earth. Yeah, that’s the hippies. They’re the meek. I’ve always maintained that pot is going to going to save the world and I still maintain it because it inspires the artistic nature of man, and art is one thing that has survived.

RR: Let’s talk about your company and start with what I think is the most important thing, which is that your take-out has $25 eighths, which is a good deal.

CM: Very.

TC: Takeout, by the way, is probably one of the oldest professions in the world where the guy with the drum or telephone, depending on how they communicate, “I need a baggie over here quick,” and it’s delivered.

RR: What took so long for Cheech & Chong to have a weed company together?

CM: We had ran into somebody that wanted to do it and was willing to fund it and started because we’re buying Cheech & Chong dispensaries that will have Cheech brand, Chong brand and Cheech & Chong brand.

TC: I put out a line where I’m sativa and Cheech is indica. Indica is a smaller plant, but more powerful, and sativa is like sort of loosey goosey. Tall but more fun.

CM: More hippie.

RR: Did you know the difference between indica and sativa in the ‘60s and ‘70s? Was that a thing or did you get whatever your dealer had?

CM: It’s called “weed.” Smoke weed. What kind of weed? Green.

TC: There’s a saying back then — beggars can’t be choosers. If you found something that was more than just the stems and the leaves, you scored. If you got a little bit of bud in there, it was like, “We did it!”

RR: Does having your own brand mean you can’t smoke other weed?

CM: No. Hey, we’re open, equal opportunity weed vendors. We’ll smoke anything.

TC: We did drugs when it was called “try this.” Then what we would do, we would try it and then we would say, “What’s supposed to happen?” after we tried it.

CM: We don’t know. We’re watching you.

RR: What’s your best strain? What do you go to that you’re selling right now?

CM: The strains change so much every week. There’s hundreds of new strains coming into the market every day, so I smoke whatever my son tells me is good. He’s a taster for my brand.

TC: When they asked me, I always tell people that I’m still looking for my favorite strain.

RR: What’s the longest either of you gone without smoking?

CM: Years.

TC: When I got busted, I had to quit smoking immediately because of what they call “pretrial probation.” When I got out, I was on probation for a year and I did nine months, but it took a year to get to court, so about three years is the longest I’ve been without it.

CM: Same for me. I go through periods where I don’t smoke at all — just meditate.

RR: Tell me about the contest you’re hosting.

TC: We keep track of who orders Cheech & Chong’s Takeout and if you hit the right thing, you’re going to get Cheech and Chong at your door.

RR: I’m sure somebody’s going to be excited to win that.

CM: We hope so. Maybe they think we’re the cops.

RR: Both of you, I imagine, are on everybody’s stoner wish list. Who do each of you want to get high with?

TC: The only Beatle that I never got high in front of, not just with, but in front of, was Paul McCartney. Paul knows he’s on my bucket list and apparently he’s willing whenever we hook up. We’re going to get high together.

CM: We should do that together because he’s the only Beatle that I haven’t smoked with, too.

RR: Cheech, you have a museum opening in Riverside next month. Can you tell me a bit about that?

CM: I have this big collection of Chicano art that I’ve been working on for about 40 years and touring it. One thing led to another and the city of Riverside offered me a museum to house the collection. They came to me and offered me this beautiful mid-century building in Riverside.

RR: I have to imagine in the ‘70s, no museum was coming to Cheech & Chong and saying, “We want your stuff in here.” I know this art isn’t yours, but you own it. Have we done a 180 on that culturally?

CM: No. We always said that we were middle of the road dopers. They just didn’t know what middle of the road was. We’re normal guys.

RR: I think that’s one thing that makes your films and records so good. Your comedy is accessible to everybody. It is total stoner humor, but it’s not.

CM: Anybody can laugh at “Earache My Eye,” “Basketball Jones,” “Black Lassie” or any of our musical hits. Actually, only about five percent of what we did had to do with weed.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Has the Official Cheech and Chong Site Been Hacked?

We knew this would happen.  After we got Richard and Tommy to reunite, they sued and won the Cheech and Chong domain name from us.  

They got whomever (probably Live Nation) to design a site for them. The design was awful.  Now, the site is completely neglected.  Either the site was hacked or they let their certs expire. It's been causing security alerts for a few days.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

World’s Shortest St. Pat’s Parade Returns with Cheech Marin and Danny Trejo

After two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, "Machete" actor Danny Trejo and Cheech Marin of the comedy duo "Cheech and Chong," as well as his wife, Natasha Rubin, finally made their way to Hot Springs  California on Tuesday. Trejo served as the official starter of the parade and Marin served as the celebrity grand marshal.



Both Trejo and Marin threw plenty of beads to the crowd. Marin followed another entry from The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival of a "Big Cheech Puppet."


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

TV Version of Cheech and Chong's Next Movie has Finally Been Found

From wikipedia: There are two versions of this film. One is the theatrical version while the other is a heavily edited version aired for television only. The edited version adds in cut scenes such as an animated intro, their neighbor being revealed to be a transvestite, footage on the spaceship and all drug-related scenes cut or altered. Most notably is the contents of Red's duffel bag, which in the TV version contains not hundreds of Thai sticks, but diamonds. A novelization, also written by Cheech and Chong, features many photos of these omitted elements.

The original theatrical release & early home video editions have Cheech singing the song "Ya-Ya" in the scene where he is ironing his clothes for his date. Current releases changed this audio to him humming a different song. Also in the theatrical release, Paul Reubens' character, in an attempt to convince the 9-1-1 operator to send help immediately, finally implores: "Look, I think they're Iranians!" The newer video releases have the line re-dubbed as: "Look, I think they're hippies!"

We here at this website own a bunch of the animated cels, but have never seen the film.

The missing version has finally been uploaded .

From the uploader:

I've been meaning to post this for a while now.  This is the elusive TV version of Cheech and Chong's Next Movie.  I recorded it off of WXON channel 20 back in the early 80s. This is slightly different from the version that aired on Comedy Central in the 90s.  The music is great and the narrative is completely different. All the drug references are removed.  There are plenty of extended scenes that weren't in the original theatrical release.  The music store scene being my absolute favorite.  I hope one day to see a proper release of this gem.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Cheech and Chong on Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip

AXS TV posted video of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong on Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip.  It was filmed at Tommy's house.  They perform Save the Whales.

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

‘Champions’: Woody Harrelson, Kaitlin Olson, Cheech Marin & Matt Cook To Topline Bobby Farrelly’s Special Olympics Pic For Focus Features And Gold Circle Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Woody Harrelson (True Detective, Zombieland), Emmy nominee Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Hacks), Grammy nominee Cheech Marin (Born in East L.A, From Dusk Till Dawn) and Matt Cook (Man With a Plan, The Comeback) will lead Champions, a recently-wrapped film that Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary) directed for Focus Features and Gold Circle Entertainment.

Champions is based on the Goya Award winning Spanish film Campeones, which Universal Pictures International released in 2018. It centers on a stubborn and hotheaded minor league basketball coach who is forced to coach a Special Olympics team when he is sentenced to community service. Actors with intellectual disabilities rounding out the cast to ensure authenticity in the storytelling include Madison Tevlin, Joshua Felder, Kevin Iannucci, Ashton Gunning, Matthew Von Der Ahe, Tom Sinclair, James Day Keith, Alex Hintz, Casey Metcalfe, Bradley Edens and Champ Pederson.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Paul Mitchell of The Floaters Has Died

Paul Mitchell of Detroit soul band The Floaters has passed away.

His daughter Paula posted to social media.

“My Pops Paul Mitchell made his transition today, And all I can think about is how grateful I am that we had time to mend our broken relationship after so many years.

Although he wasn’t a fully active parent in my life 1 thing I can say is he was proud that I was his daughter (“The First Lady”), and he let it be known every chance we spent with each other throughout the years.

My Pops was a legend, he and his band The Floaters were trendsetters, they made history and they made Detroit proud.

Today he earned his wings and he left his charming mark on the nurses that cared for him.

He had his struggles but he loved his children and family the best way he knew how.

No matter what he was going through he carried himself like the legend he was and commanded respect all while fighting his demons.

The Floaters were best known for the hit song ‘Float On’. ‘Float On’reached no 1 in the UK, no 2 in the USA and no 16 in Australia.

The song was so big that Cheech & Chong recorded a piss-take as The Bloaters and ‘Bloat On’.

Paul Mitchell formed The Floaters with his brother James Mitchell who wrote the song. Ralph Mitchell (no relation), Charles Clark and Larry Cunningham were also members of the group. Cunningham died in 2019.

The Floaters recorded four albums. The first one was their only hit (no 10 US, no 17 UK and no 28 Australia).


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Big Holiday Sale - Free Cheech and Chong CD - Free Domestic Shipping

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From now until Friday, December 17th at 12PM New York, there's no domestic shipping on anything, plus you get a FREE CHEECH AND CHONG CD (our choice) with every order of $25 or more.

Friday, November 19, 2021

SF Sketchfest is coming back in person in 2022 with Cheech & Chong

 After going virtual last year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, SF Sketchfest will return to venues across San Francisco from Jan. 7 to 23 to belatedly celebrate its 20th year of keeping the city in stitches.

The initial lineup for the 2022 SF Sketchfest festival was announced Friday, Nov. 19, and is loaded with all-star tributes to comedy icons, including Cheech and Chong, original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Laraine Newman, and “In Living Color” star David Alan Grier.

The distinctive festival, which was founded in 2001, will also feature a roast of “Evil Dead” actor Bruce Campbell with roast-master Dana Gould and guests Jeffrey Combs, Sharon Gless, Kane Hodder, Jennifer Tilly and Cassandra Peterson, who is better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

SF Sketchfest will mark the 35th anniversary of “Perfect Strangers,” the sitcom starring Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Comedy Central series “Viva Variety.” Let’s Make a Poop! With Triumph the Insult Comic Dog will feature celebrity panelists, including musician “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Other familiar names appearing at a variety of events include David Cross, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Eugene Mirman, Janeane Garofalo, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Vowell, Reggie Watts and many others.

There will also be live podcast recordings, game shows, storytelling and theater events, art exhibits, and the return of the annual spotlight programs on headlining and up-and-coming comedians.

Tickets for SF Sketchfest 2022 go on sale Sunday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. For prices and a full lineup of events, visit sfsketchfest.com .




Sunday, October 24, 2021

Cheech and Chong to Release New Book in 2022


On April 19th, 2022, Simon and Schuster will be releasing Cheech & Chong's Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed .

Z2 proudly presents Cheech & Chong’s: A Smoke Though Time. An original graphic novel about the famous doobie duo's offbeat take on the history of cannabis.

In a world where everyone is questioning the truth, comedy legends Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin have teamed up to bring you the facts... That every important moment that ever happened ever--happened because of weed. Yup. That’s right.

About the author...

Eliot Rahal is a comics/writter and creator best know for his work on HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, MIDNIGHT VISTA and CULT CLASSIC.

More details coming soon.

Friday, October 08, 2021

‘Nash Bridges’ Revival TV Movie With Don Johnson & Cheech Marin Gets Premiere Date On USA

USA Network’s two-hour film Nash Bridges has been given a Thanksgiving weekend premiere date. It will debut on Saturday, Nov. 27.

The movie brings back original cast members Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as elite investigators for the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit. The film is part of USA’s modified programming strategy that focuses on event scripted programming. If the movie does well, it could launch a Nash Bridges series revival.

In addition to Johnson and Marin, the film brings back original Nash Bridges cast member Jeff Perry. They are joined in the cast by new additions Joe Dinicol, Diarra Kilpatrick, Angela Ko, Paul James, Alexia Garcia and Bonnie Sommerville.

Produced by Village Roadshow Television, which also controls rights to the original series created by Carlton Cuse, the film was written by Bill Chais and directed by Greg Beeman.

Johnson, Chais and Beeman executive produce alongside Cuse, who was not creatively involved in the film.

Nash Bridges originally ran for six seasons (1996-2001) on CBS.


CAMP-A-THON Virtual Event Featuring Cheech Marin, George Lopez, Neil Young, Los Lobos and More

The Painted Turtle, a camp for children with serious medical conditions and their families welcome longtime supporter, George Lopez as he hosts CAMP-A-THON, a virtual celebration of Camp and familia, on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

George Lopez, along with Reeve Carney, Danny DeVito, Daryl Hannah, Eva Noblezada, Rob Pelinka, legendary Dodger Fernando Valenzuela and Jaime Jarrín (the Spanish voice of the Dodgers) will highlight how The Painted Turtle has continued its mission to deliver camp experiences to children with chronic illnesses.

Stories about The Painted Turtle and its impact will stream throughout the day, culminating into a virtual Campfire at 7:00 pm. The event will also feature music performances by Brett Dennen, Los Lobos, Cheech Marin, and Neil Young.

For information on attending this FREE event, donating, and sponsoring opportunities visit https://www.thepaintedturtle.org/post/camp-a-thon-2021 or contact Jessica Santos at jessicas@thepaintedturtle.org.

CAMP-A-THON, themed “We are Family, Somos Familia,” is about bringing together The Painted Turtle’s incredible community of campers and their families, volunteers, and supporters to celebrate another successful year of Camp!

“This summer kids couldn’t go to the campsite and have a week long experience, but what The Painted Turtle did was bring Camp to all the campers wherever they may be, home or the hospital and they delivered what they always deliver; hope, magic, and a whole lot of fun!” –George Lopez

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Cheech and Chong Confirm they Stole Sketches from The Committee

Over the years, Tommy Chong has let it slip that many of the Cheech and Chong bits were taken from The Committee.

For instance, Old Man in the Park was a complete rip-off of a The Committee sketch.

The Committee was a San Francisco-based improvisational comedy group founded in 1963 by Alan Myerson and Jessica Myerson, formerly known as Irene Ryan, Irene Riordan and now known as Latifah Taormina.

On a recent, Rhino Records podcast, Tommy Chong said they turned The Committee sketches into entire Cheech and Chong albums.

However, Cheech and Tommy still stand by their story that Dave's Not Here was created when Cheech was trying to get Tommy to open the door.  Tommy used to claim the original recording was funnier than the version they recreated in the recording studio and that the original tape has since been lost.

In reality, Dave's Not Here was created by Cheech and Dave.  Dave worked at Tommy Chong's strip/comedy club in Canada.

During the Rhino podcast, Tommy says that Earache my Eye was created by Cheech, Tommy and Gaye Delorme.  False.  It was created by Cheech and Gaye.  Tommy heard what they had created, was jealous and then re-recorded Gaye's guitar parts.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Clarence McDonald, Cheech and Chong Big Bambu Organist, Dies at 76

Clarence “Mac” McDonald, a keyboardist, producer, songwriter and arranger who collaborated with the likes of Ray Charles, Bill Withers, James Taylor and Cheech & Chong, has died. He was 76.

McDonald died Wednesday in Las Vegas after a long battle with cancer, a family spokesperson said.

In the 1960s, McDonald served as the musical director and pianist for The Vocals — an opening act for Charles that was a forerunner of The 5th Dimension — and later played keyboards on “Moving on Up,” the theme song to the 1975-85 CBS sitcom The Jeffersons that was performed by actress Ja’Net DuBois and a gospel choir.

He made songwriting contributions to Deniece Williams’ 1976 debut album This Is Niecy; produced Withers’ 1977 LP Menagerie, which included the No. 1 hit “Lovely Day”; and co-produced with Maurice White The Emotions’ 1977 album, Rejoice, which featured another chart-topper, “The Best of My Love.”

McDonald played on songs including Taylor’s 1975 classic “How Sweet It Is” and Charles and Gladys Knight’s “Heaven Help Us All,” from Charles’ final album, 2004’s Genius Loves Company, and he was the only musician heard on Cheech & Chong’s seminal 1972 comedy album Big Bambu (he played the organ) .

Born in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 1945, McDonald was playing the piano in a funeral home by the age of 12 and in nightclubs by age 16. He graduated from Dorsey High School, then, after working with The Vocals, spent two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

McDonald went on to work with such other acclaimed artists as The Temptations, Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Marlena Shaw, Hall & Oates, Nancy Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Johnny Mathis, Billy Preston, Tina Turner, Justin Timberlake, Linda Ronstadt, Boz Scaggs and Seals & Crofts during his 50-plus-year career.

Survivors include his wife, Susan.