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Successful beyond their wildest dreams, the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred comedy routines. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s phenomenal success began on the stand up comedy circuit which led to 9 hit comedy albums and 8 hit films, breaking box office records, shattering comedy album sales, garnering multiple Grammy nominations and mesmerizing fans for more than a decade.

With nine albums released from 1972 through 1985, Cheech and Chong were nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album with their third album, Los Cochinos, released in 1973. Big Bambu, their second album, was the biggest selling comedy record of all time in 1972 and remained so for many years. Their stunningly successful comedy streak transitioned to film in 1978 with their first movie, “Up In Smoke,” the highest grossing comedy of 1978, topping $100 million at the box office. Cheech and Chong co-wrote and starred in a total of eight feature films together, all directed by Chong.

From the world famous Troubadour in Los Angeles where they were initially discovered, Cheech & Chong announced their first tour in over 25 years!

Cheech Marin

One half of the stoner-hippie comedic duo Cheech and Chong, Richard "Cheech" Marin has become perhaps one of the most well known and respected Chicano achievers in the world of entertainment. As an actor, director, writer, musician, art collector and humanitarian, Cheech is a man who has proven that he has the intellect and wit to make a simple smile appear in any situation. At the side of his partner Tommy Chong, he enjoyed immense off-color comedic success in the 1970's before moving into a diverse range of roles, having appeared in more than 20 films, including Spy Kids, Tin Cup, and Once Upon A Time In Mexico. His television credits include co-starring with Don Johnson in the popular CBS drama, Nash Bridges, a recurring role on the hit series Lost, and a guest appearance on Grey's Anatomy. His latest films include The Perfect Game (Lions Gate Entertainment); Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Race to Witch Mountain (Walt Disney Pictures); and The Miracle of Dommatina (Hallmark Channel). Marin has also become a well-known collector of Chicano art, and is thought to own one of the more prevalent private collections. Much of it formed the core of his traveling exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 15-city tour during 2001-2007 to major art museums across the United States. Selections from his collection can also be seen in his Los Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A., an exhibition on view at LACMA in Los Angeles, now through November 2, 2008. A third-generation Mexican American, Cheech has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of Latinos, including the 2000 Creative Achievement Award from the Imagen Foundation and the 1999 ALMA Community Service Award from the National Council of La Raza and Kraft Foods. In 2007, he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts for his contributions to the creative arts from Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and received the inaugural Legacy Award for Arts Advocacy from the Smithsonian Latino Center. He serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Making history this year, Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong revitalized a comedic alliance that had since been dead in the water. The duo regrouped at the world famous Troubadour in L.A. and announced their first tour in over 25 years!-

Tommy Chong

Grammy Award winning comedian Tommy Chong is legendary for his invaluable contribution to American counter-culture as part of the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong. During their reign, the twosome recorded six gold comedy albums, including the 1973 Grammy winner "Los Cochinos," and starred in eight films, most of which Chong co-wrote and directed. The first, Up In Smoke, was the highest grossing comedy of 1978, topping $100 million at the box office. Others were Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980), Nice Dreams (1981), Things Are Tough All Over (1982), Cheech and Chong: Still Smoking (1983), and The Corsican Brothers (1984). Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Tommy 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 1960's hit, "Does Your Mama Know About Me."" From here, Chong eventually turned towards the life as an actor. The first step was forming "City Works," an improvisational group where he consequently met his future comedic partner, Richard "Cheech" Marin. Throughout the 1970's Cheech & Chong earned a massive following until eventually, the duo had run its lengthy and prosperous course and they both embarked on solo careers. Tommy has appeared in several films including 1990's "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 entitled Cheech and Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography about the exploits of the infamous duo's smoke-filled world. This book serves as a follow-up to his New York Times Best-Seller The I Chong: Meditations from the Joint which chronicles Chong's arrest for shipping bongs across the country as well as his days in jail and the humorous encounters of his 9 month prison stint. Earlier this year, the highly anticipated, award winning documentary A/K/A Tommy Chong was released worldwide. The documentary features the journey that Chong took after a fully armed SWAT team raided the comedian's home in February of 2003. Tommy Chong was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute drug paraphernalia through "Chong Glass," a family business specializing in handmade glass water pipes, or "bongs." Making history this year, Tommy Chong reunited with his old comedy partner, Richard "Cheech" Marin to announce their first tour in over 25 years with Shelby Chong opening the show. The "Cheech & Chong: Light Up America & Canada" tour has proven to be one of the most successful comedy tours of the year, selling out multiple shows from coast to coast.

Shelby Chong

Shelby Chong, currently performing with Cheech and Chong on their Light Up America and Canada Tour, continues to electrify audiences with her unique raunchy, outrageous feminine centric stand up show. Critics praise her talent and ability to connect with the diverse Cheech and Chong fan base saying she has clearly established herself as a talented up and coming female comedian. Shelby Chong’s surprisingly fresh and innocent approach to female centric comedy in nothing short of gut wrenchingly funny! As she confidently struts onto the stage, Shelby appears more like a movie star or super model rather than a comedian, capturing her audience in awe. Within the first 30 seconds she has the crowd laughing uncontrollably. Some might say Shelby Chong is cross between Lucile Ball and Gracy Allen; quick wit with ingenuous innocence! Shelby likes to think of herself as “raunchy innocence” with class!
Shelby is no stranger to the stage. She began in home town Vancouver, British Columbia shortly after graduating high school and entered immediately into a career focused in fashion design and modeling. Her career took a turn toward the stage and acting when she met Tommy Chong during auditions for his local improve comedy theater show he produced. That was 1969 and they have been together ever since! In 1971, shortly after Tommy teamed up with Cheech Marin to form the legendary comedy team Cheech and Chong, Shelby, Tommy and Cheech headed to Los Angeles, California where Tommy and Cheech continued to developed their comedy routine and Shelby enrolled in “The Goldy Locks” School of Drama building on her natural talent for acting. During the 1970’s and well into the mid 80’s, Shelby studied acting with Milton Kasalas and Joanne Baron, studied the Mizner Technique and participated in numerous of improve classes in Los Angeles, New York and Europe, continuing to explore her comedic talent and acting skills. During the years that Cheech and Chong toured the globe, Shelby stayed busy expanding into dance, production, the business of entertainment and more acting. As Cheech and Chong made the transition from live performances and recordings to major motion pictures, Shelby quickly became “Tommy Chong’s Favorite Co-Star” on the big screen. Fans remember her as the sexy French Fifi in “Things Are Tough All Over,” the Princess in “The Corsican Brothers,” and the blonde body builder that Cheech got choked up over in “Nice Dreams. She went on to appear in several other feature films, television shows, and theatrical productions such as “Tripwire,” “The Spirit of ’76,” “Far Out Man!,, High Heels and Troma and “General Hospital.” She has been featured on Opra, HBO, Comedy Central, E! Entertainment, “The Howard Stern Show” and the documentary AKA Tommy Chong. In 1986 Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin decided to pursue solo careers. Tommy Chong continued to write, direct and develop programming for film and TV, he concurrently began to began to work on a stand-up show. Shelby took on management and executive producer duties which eventually led to the formation of Chong Entertainment, LLC, an independent production company. Over the next ten years, Tommy and Shelby developed several projects that included film, television and multi-media projects. In 1996, Tommy along with Shelby, embarked on a national stand-up comedy tour playing to sold out comedy theater and club audiences across the United States and Canada. At the start of this project Shelby was manager, producer and M/C! Nightly she would start the shows by introducing Tommy; however as time went on Shelby and Tommy began to expand Shelby’s role. Here natural comedic instinct and passion for the stage intensified. Tommy continued to “write” Shelby into the routines and within 12 months, what started as The Tommy Chong Show, expanded into several unique and very funny productions; The Tommy and Shelby Chong Show, Chong and The Family Stone, Tommy and Shelby.