A Minute With: Cheech & Chong, unstoned

Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:09am EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong gained fame with their 1971 comedy album, "Cheech and Chong," and became poster boys for pot-smoking thanks to hit films "Up in Smoke" and "Nice Dreams."

But their successful partnership went up in smoke in the late 1980s and they didn't talk to each other for years. In 2009, the duo reunited for a comedy tour, "Cheech & Chong: Light Up America," their first in over 25 years.

They spoke to Reuters about the reunion, drugs, and a new film of the tour, "Cheech and Chong's Hey Watch This," released April 20 on video-on-demand, DVD, Blu-Ray, and other media.

Q: When did the idea for this new film emerge?

A: Chong - "As soon as we began working together again. I think they were worried we might croak. Get 'em while they're still standing."

Q: It's been 25 years since you worked together. Nervous?

A: Cheech - "Not at all. We knew we could do it. We started in San Diego for four shows, and it was like we'd never left. The fans went crazy. It was the easiest thing we'd ever done."

Q: Any surprises?   Continued...

<p>Actors Cheech Marin (L) and Tommy Chong gesture as they arrive for the taping of the 2008 "NCLR Alma" awards at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, August 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>