Cheech and Chong Reunion Tour

Cheech and Chong will make us all high on laughs once again, as their new comedy tour kicks off in Philadelphia on September 12, 2008.  The perpetually stoned duo’s reunion tour – the “Light Up America” tour – will prove to stoners everywhere whether or not these two hippies still have the antics needed to win the attention away from recent comedic hits, including the White Castle fanatics Harold and Kumar.  The tour comes after Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong put their differences to rest, as feuds between the two halted their partnership for a time.  Now that the duo has settled their differences, the dope smokers are back on the road again.  I wonder if they are still driving that incredible van made entirely of marijuana?

The duo was widely popular in the 70’s and 80’s for their dope humor, often portrayed in motion pictures as two stoners bumbling through the daily routine – and of course, getting high.  Now, after 25 years apart, Cheech and Chong are making their way back to the stage, for another dose of that potent, low-brow comedy.

“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,” said Marin of the relevance of the duo’s new tour.  You can bet that this tour is going to be the last of its kind, as both Marin and Chong realize that the “end is a lot closer than the beginning.”  The “Light Up America” tour is sure to be a smash, and if anyone loved Cheech and Chong classics like “Up in Smoke” or “Still Smokin’” as much as I did, the shows are going to sell out faster than it would take Cheech or Chong to go one toke over the line.

Get your tickets to the “Light Up America” reunion tour before they go up in smoke.

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  • A Review of the Light Up Canada/America Tour – Their first Show, from Ottawa Canada.

    By Justin and Fabiola of Ottawa.

    We were blessed to see the very first appearance of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong in Ottawa; their first live show together in almost 3 decades! There were some minor errors in their first presentation of the show, but these minor human foibles only drew the entire crowd deeper into their full and unconditional love for these two iconic beings. Artificial boundaries of class and race melted away from the audience as this legendary duo went to work for the first time in a generation.

    We sat in the third row just left of Center stage. It was fascinating to see how a combination of beauty, eloquence and hilarity formed an emergent new property in Shelby’s first presentation with the new Cheech and Chong show. Her work here was genuinely funny and it carried a strong social message as well; – Good work Shelby!

    Periodic smiles from Cheech Marin, as he quickly and seamlessly regressed back into each of his classic characters in this first show of the tour, melted the crowd’s collective Canuck heart. Cheech literally had us crying with laughter throughout the show. Mr Marin is a deeply important modern media figure for my wife’s Latino community even here in Canada. One can only imagine what will take place between Mr. Marin and his increasing Latino audience particularly in certain venue’s South of the (Canadian) boarder. Cheech masterfully cements a sheer connection with his audience and there is an electricity that forms quickly between Mr. Marin and those who watch his performances.

    Fabiola was one of the few Latin persons present for the Ottawa show that we could see. Fab laughed uncontrollably and I think actually lost her consciousness for a second as Mr. Marin performed his classic car starting routine “chinga-chinga-chinga-chinga” – “cavvvvrrrron!” “puta-puta-puta-puta, “ and this was just at the beginning of the show! As I have come to understand over the last 17 years Mr. Marin represents a major artery in the pan national Latin American Heart. When you see his art collection, and really pay attention to some of the roles he has played over the years you will begin to understand this fact.

    Tommy Chong was golden in every sense of the word. His sincerity, his unbridled authenticity and his strong and refreshing sense of social critical purpose, provoked tender and at times, socially angry emotions in the audience, which he masterfully channeled for them into deep belly laughs. What a powerful formula Tommy, linking the lightly psychedelic and profound emotional attachment of the audiences’ collective memory of “Cheech and Chong”, with a gentle expanding of their social and political consciousness! Only a profoundly spiritually and mentally ill world would allow Mr. Chong to sit in jail the way they did or to pull him and his family along that ugly and shameful road (theirs not Tommy’s) to jail the way they did. Yes Tommy, George Bush is truely a Moron!

    There is only one request which I am sure will resonated in the hearts and minds of all of your fans implicitly or explicitly guys; – and I ask this of you with the humblest of hearts. My question is this: How literally powerful would it be to see a fully “transformational” leap in the human connection behind the scenes between Tommy and Cheech? Beyond their dictionary exemplifications of on stage comedic legacy, brilliance and synergy, – even during their first live performance together in close to 3 decades; – if these guys could genuinely support each other into becoming “best friends” again, imagine how this could permeate an already “perfect show”, how it would profoundly and correctively impact with and model transformational reconciliation in an age of such dangerous division and derision?

    Long Live Cheech and Chong!

    We look forward to your responses,

    Gratefully,

    Justin (a psychotherapist) and Fabiola (Hospital Manager),

    from Ottawa Canada,

    jdh@ripnet.com

  • A Review of the Light Up Canada/America Tour – Their first Show, from Ottawa Canada.

    By Justin and Fabiola of Ottawa.

    We were blessed to see the very first appearance of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong in Ottawa; their first live show together in almost 3 decades! There were some minor errors in their first presentation of the show, but these minor human foibles only drew the entire crowd deeper into their full and unconditional love for these two iconic beings. Artificial boundaries of class and race melted away from the audience as this legendary duo went to work for the first time in a generation.

    We sat in the third row just left of Center stage. It was fascinating to see how a combination of beauty, eloquence and hilarity formed an emergent new property in Shelby’s first presentation with the new Cheech and Chong show. Her work here was genuinely funny and it carried a strong social message as well; – Good work Shelby!

    Periodic smiles from Cheech Marin, as he quickly and seamlessly regressed back into each of his classic characters in this first show of the tour, melted the crowd’s collective Canuck heart. Cheech literally had us crying with laughter throughout the show. Mr Marin is a deeply important modern media figure for my wife’s Latino community even here in Canada. One can only imagine what will take place between Mr. Marin and his increasing Latino audience particularly in certain venue’s South of the (Canadian) boarder. Cheech masterfully cements a sheer connection with his audience and there is an electricity that forms quickly between Mr. Marin and those who watch his performances.

    Fabiola was one of the few Latin persons present for the Ottawa show that we could see. Fab laughed uncontrollably and I think actually lost her consciousness for a second as Mr. Marin performed his classic car starting routine “chinga-chinga-chinga-chinga” – “cavvvvrrrron!” “puta-puta-puta-puta, “ and this was just at the beginning of the show! As I have come to understand over the last 17 years Mr. Marin represents a major artery in the pan national Latin American Heart. When you see his art collection, and really pay attention to some of the roles he has played over the years you will begin to understand this fact.

    Tommy Chong was golden in every sense of the word. His sincerity, his unbridled authenticity and his strong and refreshing sense of social critical purpose, provoked tender and at times, socially angry emotions in the audience, which he masterfully channeled for them into deep belly laughs. What a powerful formula Tommy, linking the lightly psychedelic and profound emotional attachment of the audiences’ collective memory of “Cheech and Chong”, with a gentle expanding of their social and political consciousness! Only a profoundly spiritually and mentally ill world would allow Mr. Chong to sit in jail the way they did or to pull him and his family along that ugly and shameful road (theirs not Tommy’s) to jail the way they did. Yes Tommy, George Bush is truely a Moron!

    There is only one request which I am sure will resonated in the hearts and minds of all of your fans implicitly or explicitly guys; – and I ask this of you with the humblest of hearts. My question is this: How literally powerful would it be to see a fully “transformational” leap in the human connection behind the scenes between Tommy and Cheech? Beyond their dictionary exemplifications of on stage comedic legacy, brilliance and synergy, – even during their first live performance together in close to 3 decades; – if these guys could genuinely support each other into becoming “best friends” again, imagine how this could permeate an already “perfect show”, how it would profoundly and correctively impact with and model transformational reconciliation in an age of such dangerous division and derision?

    Long Live Cheech and Chong!

    We look forward to your responses,

    Gratefully,

    Justin (a psychotherapist) and Fabiola (Hospital Manager),

    from Ottawa Canada,

    jdh@ripnet.com