Cheech & Chong Taking on Marijuana Prohibition in New Comedy Tour


Picture 27September 30th, 2010 – BY APRILL BRANDON

Dude, did you hear? Like, dude! It’s freaking crazy, man. Cheech and Chong are back together again, and they’re taking their act on the road.

Better yet, in November, the two hemp-lovin’ comedians will be stopping in both San Antonio and Houston. The Cheech & Chong: Get It Legal tour will be at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston on Nov. 19 and at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio on Nov. 20.

For those of you who have been living under a bong the past 40 years, Cheech and Chong first got together in the late 1960s as a comedy duo with their stage act. Eventually opening concerts for major rock bands like the Rolling Stones, soon the duo was discovered by music producer Lou Adler, and what followed was nine hit comedy albums between 1971 and 1985 and four Grammy nominations, according to an article by Ben Corbett on their website.

The two also made eight successful films together, including 1978’s “Up In Smoke,” which was the highest-grossing comedy of that year.

Now, reunited for their new tour four decades after they first started, the two somewhat more mature comedians are now infusing their comedy routine with a bit of activism.

“Cheech and Chong are fusing comedy and activism as a means of bringing attention to the harm caused by marijuana prohibition,” according to the news release for the tour.

“Instead of just going out and being funny, our show – thanks to the government – now has a message, and the message is that even though we’re laughing, what we’re doing is illegal. Until we change those laws, we’re all at the mercy of the law enforcement community. We can be arrested, and we can be searched. So we’re asserting our rights as American citizens to pursue happiness, so we don’t have to be worried about being arrested for, really, taking our medicine,” Chong said in the article.

Tickets range in price from $50.95 to $78.20 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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