Happy Birthday: Tommy Chong
Today we celebrate the birthday ofâ¦ No, not Dave! We keep telling you: Daveâs not here, man! But youâre on the right track: itâs Tommy Chongâs birthday, which means that itâs a good time to offer up a playlist filled from top to bottom with Cheech and Chongâs classic tracks. In addition, weâve put together a list of five projects â mostly films, but with a token TV series, too â which featured appearances by Tommy Chong that werenât actually Cheech and Chong projects. (Thatâs not to say that Cheech Marin wasnât with him for a few of these, of course.)
1. Yellowbeard (1983): This odd amalgam of British and American comedians isnât nearly as funny as it ought to be with a cast that includes Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Peter Boyle, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Spike Milligan, Nigel Planer (a.k.a. Neil from The Young Ones), Bernard Fox (a.k.a. Dr. Bombay from Bewitched), and â lest we forget â Cheech and Chong as a pair of pirates called El Segundo and El Nebuloso.
2. After Hours (1985): The idea of Cheech and Chong appearing in a Martin Scorsese is a little hard to wrap your head around at first, but it gets easier once you discover that Scorsese had been a fan of the comedians for years. âIt was good, but at the same time it was frustrating having to take direction,â Chong said of the film in an A.V. Club interview. âI mean, I learned a lot about making films from that movie, but it was difficult not being able to improvise or anything.â
3. Tripwire (1989): This film promises âunrelenting white-knuckle action,â but it does not promise much in the way of Chong, who earns a âspecial appearance byâ credit on the box of the film yet doesnât merit mention in the trailer or within the paragraph-long summary on the back of the laserdisc. Yes, thatâs right, we said laserdisc.
4. National Lampoonâs Senior Trip (1995): You will be shocked to discover that Chong plays a stoner who doubles as a bus driver for a bunch of high schoolers on their senior trip. Frankly, the most notable thing about this film is that it offered the world the film debut of a young man by the name of Jeremy Renner.
5. That â70s Show (1999-2006): Sure, itâs an unabashed recycling of the character Chong had already spent years doing alongside his buddy Cheech, but, hey, if the shtick ainât broke, donât fix it!
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