12-22-08 CHEECH AND CHONG “LIGHT UP AMERICA”
The wife and I went to see Cheech and Chong last night at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Denver.
It was a brisk night.
Brisk = F’n cold buddy, the temperature outside was six degrees.
The ticket stated that cameras were not allowed, but I managed to get mine inside.
Thinking I was Mr. Smooth with the camera, I noticed a lot of people had brought their cameras.
I figured it must be cool then.
I managed to capture a little video, but it’s not very good. What’s worse, my pictures suck even more.
Chong’s wife Colby opened the show by telling Cheech and Chong stories from back in the day.
She was really funny.
She and Chong have been married since 1975, and have two children together.
Chong also has two kids from his first wife.
Rae Dawn Chong (actress), is his oldest.
After Colby finished her routine, Chong came out and did a few minutes of stand up.
One of the first things he mentioned was how sorry he was that this reunion took 25 years.
He said it like this: “You know, you can’t get rich Mexican to do sheet”. It was hilarious.
You remember, then Cheech gets pulled over and both drop a bunch of acid in a panic. When the Officer asked for his license, Cheech says, “My license, isn’t it on the bumper?”
I couldn’t believe after waiting almost my whole life, I was watching that skit live. I was so glad they did their old material instead of a bunch of new crap. These routines were the ones I wanted to see and remember.
Below is a short clip from the opening act.
While I was watching these guys perform, it really seemed like they hadn’t aged at all. Although, maybe it was because we were seated as far back from the stage as you could get. No matter, both of them went into character immediately, and it was like 25 years had never passed, I’m serious, they were that good.
I’m not sure Chong was acting, I think he’s naturally that way.
At the time, Tommy owned a company called “Chong’s Bongs” that he let his son manage. They sold glass bongs with a picture of Chong on them.
Chong was sentenced to nine months in jail, fined $20,000, and forced to give up $120,000 in assets for that brilliant move. He made the comment last night “selling bongs is fine, just don’t put your picture on them”.
I did some research, and if you can find one of those bongs unused and unbroken, they’re quite a collecters piece and can be worth some serious green.
This skit was called “The first mexican in space”.
I laughed so hard during this one I was crying.
This video sucks, but the picture helps you get a visual.
One of the highlights of this show was seeing Cheech come out on stage wearing his infamous pink tutu.
He sang his song called “Ear Ache My Eye”.
“Mama sock it to me, tried to tell me how to live, da na na, da na na, da da na”.
Below is the clip:
They said they were going to start their own television network called the THC network.
Here’s a skit from the game show on the THC network called, “Lets make a dope deal”. Chong plays the contestant, “Bob Bitchin”.
Here’s a skit of one of Cheech’s characters named “Red”.
A funny thing, when we first arrived at the Paramount, we purchased a few beers and after I tipped the bartender he said, “Enjoy the contact high”. We laughed, but we had no idea this guy was serious.
I’ve been to a few concerts in my day, this place was wall to wall smoke, no joke.
It would have been impossible to try to enforce any kind of non-smoking ordnance during that show, think about it,…it’s Cheech and Chong man.
Who knows, maybe that’s why we laughed so hard?
Or could the smoke have been purposely pumped in through the air vents?
Guess it’s not a problem if nobody complains?
Here’s a list of their records together:
Here’s a list of their movies together:
1. Up in Smoke-1978
2. Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie-1980
3. Nice Dreams-1978
4. It Came From Hollywood.
5. Things are tough all over.
8. Group Madness-1983
9. Cheech and Chongs’s, The Corsican Brothers-1984
10. Get Out of My Room-1985
11. Far Out Man-1990
They also mentioned that they would be filming a new movie. Chong’s wife Colby kidded and said it was going to be called, “Grumpy Old Stoners”. For part of the encore, Cheech came out and sang every verse of “Mexican Americans”. It was beautiful.
This show was everything I wanted it to be and more.
If your into these guys, you need to see this show. They’re not going to be around in another 25 years…D
I was tempted to us the word bong in my rhyming title, but decided against it.
Damn head cold, I could feel it coming. It’s like having your head in a vice.
I don’t get sick very often, I probably got this crap on my trip to Chicago.
Strange new germs out there (and I drank the water).
This years present is so cool, I’m afraid with my head cold and the news of this, I could spontaneously combust. It’s just too much.
C’mon you know you do.
Before they did all of those funny movies, they were a stand-up comedy team touring the US and Canada.
These two dudes pumped out a bunch of comedy records. Back in the day, everybody who was anybody had at least one.
Below is my personal Cheech and Chong collection. There may be a few more records out there, but not many.
The Cheech and Chong heads have removable skulls. For storage I guess?
Notice the Big Bambu still has the original rolling paper.
Hey we all age, so now they look like this, and have been touring the country with their stand-up comedy act. Tommy Chong’s wife Shelby is the opening act.
No special tickets or anything, I was just happy they added the third show.
It’s Sunday night Dec 21..An early X-mas present.
Their records are imbedded in my brain, as they were extremely popular when I was a teen in Canada.
There you have it, another thing knocked off of my “List of things to do before I croak”.
If The Who can do it, so can you.
I’ll probably do a special blog after the Cheech and Chong show dedicated to them.
Seeing this show is all I want for X-mas.
I don’t want to outright spoil what I got for my kids (they don’t read this blog in the offseason), but just in case, it rhymes with sockhand.
I think it will be a cool gift to play with the whole family. I’m already a Rockstar, have you seen my music video?? Check it out.
Please don’t slam us. There’s a reason why this short little video clip is the only one us in existance. But hey, I’ve got a music video…Do you?
I’m starting to feel the spirit. Just need to kick this head cold. I cant see Cheech and Chong with a foggy head now can I?…
Oh yea, my special announcement. Robert Harmon, If you read this or Zack’s Hamples blog (listed on my side bar), you know of him.
Long time Coors field snagger, Barry Bonds fake ball, good dude.
Well Robert has decided to join forces with the Ranter, and he along with my buddies Jack (cheeser), and Andy (snagged two balls at a Rockies BP earlier this season) will be the crew for the Mobile Blogging Unit.
What a freggin visual. It’s all about baseball baby.
Robert knows his way around the Tucson area well, it will be fun and an asset “?” :), to have him along. Thanks brotha.
Robert normally heads down to Tucson in his VW bus. But the bus is presently out of commission.
Robert sure would appreciate it.
A few blog entries back I had put the question out there, “What makes you happy”.
Here’s what she wrote:
Hey, man! It’s Kylie. Here’s what makes me happy.
My first snow since 2004. It has been snowing for about two hours now and it’s dying down, but I snagged a picture of it on my shirt to remember it. Plus there’s a real live snowball in my freezer made from snow collecting on our table. It all melted when it hit the ground but it was still supercool…Kylie
Thanks for sharing, the best part of what makes her happy is, snow is free. You can see the tiny little flakes on her red shirt, very cool. Enjoy your winter wonderland 🙂 just kidding. Thanks for the picture Kylie.
Everyone, thanks for your click, you made a choice and I’m glad you ended up here…D