Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cheech and Chong

In my humble opinion, one of the funniest live shows I've seen thus far.  And it's their first time back together since the 80s, so why not write about it.

We'd arrive at the theater by 9:30, just in time to catch the 10:00 show.  Aside from the crowds we checked out the souvenir shop, where I'd buy a beanie, and a "Cheech and Chong For President" shirt, with tour dates on the back.  While Brad picked up a Tye-dye shirt with the tour design (seen below).  Somehow Brad made it through the school day with out being told to take it off, at least the pot leaf on my shirt was discrete.  

Anyhow, the show started maybe 15-20 minutes late, I don't know why but it.  The opener was Shelby Chong, who mostly talked about how she met Cheech and Chong, and told the story about how Chong was arrested.  Then she went on to talk about how pot helps when you're PMSing, and then she let the whole audience yell "Bitches!" as loud as we could.  It was the opener, and was good, but no where near the greatness that would follow.

Cheech would take the stage.  The show opened with him and Chong recreating the beginning of Up In Smoke.  They didn't use any props throughout the show, so the giant joint, or any joint was pantomimed.  And they added some new jokes to the opening so it wasn't entirely the same as what we've seen before, but it was hilarious none the less.  In between sketches Chong would often come out and do a little stand up while Cheech got ready for the next scene.  They brought back some old sketches and bring some new ones, Dave wasn't there (literally, they didn't bring it back) but they did make a dope deal.
They gave us a glimpse at the first Mexican in space.  So many great sketches, they brought back Blind Melon Chitlin, Alice Bowie, and my personal favorite, the elderly couple in the porno theater.

And at the end when all was said and done they did a sing-along to the Up In Smoke theme, which just brought a smile to my face.  It was a great way to end the night.

In the end it was a great night, my cheeks were sore by the end (did I already say that?)  If you can catch them in tour I advise you to do so.  Also, might I add that Shelby Chong hinted that they were thinking about doing another movie.

Photo Credits to Richard Cole, also the man who bought the tickets that we paid him back for.

Yours Until Later,
Kevin Cole

"Yar Har Fiddle Dee Dee, If you like to sail the sea, you are a pirate" -Lazy Town

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