Cheech & Chong head out on first cross-Canada tour
Like the name of one of their albums, Where There’s Smoke, there’s Cheech & Chong.
The Cannabis-loving comedy duo made up of American-Mexican Cheech Marin, 73, and Edmonton-born Tommy Chong, 81, have been making us laugh for almost five decades after first meeting in Canada in the late ‘60s where Marin had ended up to avoid the draft.
But unbelievably, according to Chong, when they launch their 11-date O Cannabis tour on Sunday at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, it will be something new for them.
“We’ve always come in and out of Canada,” said Chong. “But this is really our first cross-country tour ever.”
We caught up with Chong down the line from L.A. recently.
What took you guys so long to tour Canada?
Well, Cheech is Mexican, and I’m Canadian, so that’s a slow combo right there.
What made the tour come together now?
I never really stopped except when I went to jail (for nine months in 2003-2004 for the distribution of bongs online). Cheech and I broke up for a while (starting in 1985) and then he was busy doing movies. But then we got back together in ‘08, we’ve been together ever since.