Cheech & Chong make beeline back to Tahoe

Cheech & Chong

Cheech & Chong will hit Lake Tahoe March 23 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Always up in smoke, comedy duo Cheech & Chong will be headed back to Lake Tahoe on Saturday, March 23, for a performance at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Late-Nite Productions announced.

Billed as “America’s No.1 Counter Culture Comedy Duo,” Cheech & Chong will appear with special guest Shelby Chong. The 8 p.m. show will have reserved seating in MontBleu Theater, with tickets on sale Tuesday, Jan. 29. Advance tickets are $49.95 and $59.95 at the casino box office or online at Call 1-800-BE-LUCKY for more information.

Best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical, no-holds-barred duo Cheech & Chong, Cheech Marin is a paradox in the world of entertainment. Cheech is an actor, director, writer, musician, art collector and humanitarian.

To this day, Cheech & Chong films remain the No. 1 weekend video rentals, and Cheech is widely acknowledged as a cultural icon. Cheech (real name Richard) Marin was born in South Central Los Angeles and met Tommy Chong in Vancouver, British Columbia as a political refugee.

The duo moved back to Los Angeles and proved to be entertainment gold. Six of their albums went gold, four were nominated for Grammys, and Los Cochinos won the 1973 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording. The duo made a fluid transition to films, starring in eight features together.  During a split with Chong, Cheech wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy “Born In East L.A.”  He has appeared in more than 20 films, including his scene-stealing role in “Tin Cup.” On television, Cheech was a sitcom regular before joining Don Johnson on the highly successful CBS drama, “Nash Bridges” (1996-2001). He later had a recurring role on the hit NBC show, “Lost,” and recent guest stints on “Rob and Jane the Virgin.”

In 2009, everyone’s favorite duo reunited after 25 years apart for a national and international comedy tour, the Lights Out Tour, selling out everywhere.  They also shot a full length live comedy film “Hey Watch This in 2010.” The Get It Legal Tour followed, and they are now on the Cheech & Chong: A Joint Venture Tour.

Grammy Award winning comedian Tommy Chong is legendary for his invaluable contribution to American counter-culture. Chong began his entertainment career as a musician in a Canadian-based rhythm and blues band. Eventually, he landed a gig with the “Vancouvers”” and co-wrote the band’s 1960s hit, “Does Your Mama Know About Me.”

Chong eventually turned toward the life of an actor. He has appeared in several films, including 1990s “Far Out Man!” and “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip” (1995). Chong has also starred, most notably, as “Leo” on Fox’S “That 70’s Show,” and has guest starred on ABC’s “Dharma & Greg” and “The George Lopez Show.” Chong recently released his new book, “Cheech and Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography”about the exploits of the infamous duo’s smoke-filled world.

Never one to give up on a fight, Chong is an avid speaker and pro activist for the medical wonders and potential health benefits of using marijuana.

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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