Cheech & Chong are bringing their "stoner vaudeville" show to town this weekend, and Alive has an exclusive interview.
Full Names: Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin and Thomas "Tommy" B. Kin Chong
Ages: 61 and 69
Hometowns: Los Angeles and Edmonton, Alberta
Years in comedy: 39
Why the reunion tour?
Marin: We were always trying to get together to do something. It was a matter of what we could agree on, and over the years we couldn't agree on anything. The live act was the one we could agree on most. And time was a-wasting.
Chong: It was one of those the-timing-is-right things. Most groups, they go on their own artistic trip and then find out that they can make considerably more if they get back together. Basically Cheech ran out of Nash Bridges and 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?"
Was it difficult putting together this live show after so many years apart?
Marin: It was fairly easy. Here's what we used to do; how can we can incorporate what Tommy's been doing for the past 20 years, and what I've been doing? So we're doing a lot of stuff we've never performed together. That turned out to be a lot of music.
Chong: We take people on a trip. We just 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.
Do you guys do any stuff from your solo careers?
Marin: We do "Born in East L.A.," something we've never done together before. That was part of the process where Tommy had been on the road for the last 10 years with his wife Shelby developing an act, and we threw that in there, and part of their thing is salsa dancing. So we do a salsa version of "Born in East L.A." It almost turns into Bollywood.
People used to say you guys corrupted a generation, but there seem to be a lot of people who never touched the herb that still enjoyed your comedy.
Chong: Our records were fun, bottom line. They appealed to Deadheads as well as Republicans.