Cheech and Chong are back together for their first comedy tour in more than 25 years. The smokin’ duo have “kissed and made up” after their feud.
Cheech Marin told AP Radio that he and Tommy Chong “looked at each other going, `If we’re ever going to do something it has to be now because you’re not getting any younger and neither am I.”‘
Cheech and Chong came up with some ideas and thought a comedy tour would be “the most fun” and “the least hassle,” the 62-year-old Marin said.
Marin and Chong, who broke up their comedy act after creative differences, have attempted to reunite before, but have always fought too much. Marin laughed and said: “It takes about 3 minutes for that to happen. There’s this veiled hatred.” But he added: “We’ve kind of resolved that.”
“We’ve gotten to the age where we don’t feel like fighting anymore because the end is a lot closer than the beginning,” he said.
Marin said he thinks dope “pot smoking” humor can be as funny today as it was back in the ’70s.
“I think it’s time for a revival of dope jokes. It’s a much bigger audience now, it’s much more widespread and institutionalized,” he said in an interview earlier this month.
The comedy tour “Hey, What’s That Smell?” will be announced Wednesday, according to Live Nation.
Cheech and Chong teamed up from 1972 to 1985, releasing nine marijuana-powered comedy albums and eight movies, including the cult hits Up in Smoke and Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie.
After they split, Marin reinvented himself as a character actor, while, aside from a stint on That ’70s Show, Chong become public enemy No. 1.
At one point in their lives when the ganga kings had talked of reuniting, Chong’s head shop was raided in 2003 and he was charged with conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia across state lines. The comic ended up serving nine months in federal custody and paid thousands in fines.
With stoner comedy back in style, and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong decided the timing was right for a new “joint” venture.