Celebrating Legends: Cheech & Chong

Cheech and Chong are absolute legends. They have conquered all sorts of mediums ranging from stand-up, music, TV, film, skateboards, clothing, and bongs. From their first feature film Up In Smoke the comedy duo became a cult sensation and completely revolutionized stoner comedy. They recorded hilarious albums and did several sold-out comedy tours around the globe. Both have been lifelong drug activists and have worked towards the legalization of the ganj. In the late late 80s the comedic duo separated to pursue solo projects.

In 2003, Tommy Chong was targeted by the US in a nationwide investigation regarding the selling of drug paraphernalia most famously his ‘Chong Bong’s.’ This got blown way out of proportion and ol’ Tommy Chong had to spend a few months in the slammer and got fined ridiculous amounts of money for his selling of “contraband” across national boarders to phoney agents. In total the estimated cost of Operation Pipe Dreams was over $12 Million and included the resources of 2,000 law enforcement officers. They portray how it all went down in a/k/a Tommy Chong, written, produced, and directed by Josh Gilbert, a documentary film that chronicles the DEA’s raid on Chong’s house and his subsequent jail sentence for trafficking in illegal drug paraphernalia.

In 2008, the duo reunited and went on a series of comedic tours that carried on through 2011. On the last stop of the Get It Legal Tour Cheech and Chong confirmed that a new movie is in the works and is to be released in 2012. The film will be titled Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie and will be based on Cheech and Chong’s classic Grammy award winning albums. Thanks Cheech and Chong for continuing to make us laugh after so many years, for maintaining a youthful outlook on life and staying so fresh, cheers!

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