Cheech and Chong spark to life on new tour
Who says stoners have no ambition?Three months into their reunion tour, Cheech and Chong, the original pot comedy kings, have their sights set on a network TV show, films and their own theater in Vegas. The duo, who have been selling out tour dates around the country, want to do it all, without further delay. “The thing is, we’ve got to do it right away, because we’re not getting any younger,” says Tommy Chong, 70 to his partner Cheech Marin‘s 62. Marin estimates that 80% of the new tour’s aud is between 30 and 40, with many not even alive when the duo last toured more than 25 years ago. More startling to both comedians was the number of supporters of Republican John McCain in the aud before the election. “It was about 50-50,” Chong says. The comedians had tried to get back together over the years but some project or disagreement always got in the way. But after Chong’s humbling nine-month prison stint over his water-pipe business, the two resolved their differences. They picked right up where they left off 25 years ago, with a trial concert in La Jolla, Calif., and haven’t looked back. With pot humor back in vogue on the small and bigscreen of late — the magic herb is on ample display in “Pineapple Express,” the “Harold and Kumar” movies, “Weeds,” and any Judd Apatow movie — the time may be right for more Cheech and Chong. The Weinstein Co. is filming an upcoming concert, and both hope to do at least one more movie to add their oeuvre, which includes the reefer benchmark “Up in Smoke.” Marin also speaks of a live stage show “a la Spamalot,” while Chong confides “my goal is to get our own theater in Vegas.” He’s also keen on a network TV skein, observing, “They could use our help.”
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