Aug 4, 2021
Tommy Chong began his comedy
career in the iconic comedy duo Cheech and Chong. Together they recorded numerous comedy albums
and made multiple films throughout the 70s and early 80s,
including Up In Smoke. After Cheech and Chong broke up, Tommy
performed standup and booked more than 60 film and television
roles, playing Leo for five seasons on
That 70s Show, and Yax
in the Disney film
Zootopia, among many
others. Tommy has also been a long-time supporter of the
legalization of marijuana and has his own line of cannabis products
throughout the United States.
What you will learn:
- Tommy reflects on how he got
his start in comedy in the 70s, and how playing in multiple bands
throughout the 60s prepared him for the world of entertainment.
- The process and inspiration
behind Tommy and Cheech’s first, self-titled
Cheech and Chong album,
and how they trail-blazed through the LA comedy club scene.
- The tumultuous events behind
the scenes of
Up in Smoke, and the
tensions that continued into future Cheech and Chong films.
- How, after the Cheech and Chong
broke up, Tommy’s wife became an integral part of his comedy act,
and what happened to that dynamic when Tommy and Cheech reunited.
- How Tommy approached comedy as
a solo act and what parts of his Cheech and Chong persona he kept
during his solo act. During his five season run on
That 70s Show, why Tommy
felt so comfortable playing Leo, even though he doesn’t really
consider himself to be an “actor.” [47:10-56:06]
- Tommy opens up about his unique
upbringing, including his time spent living in an orphanage, how a
number of tragedies instilled within him early survival instincts,
and how he found passion and inspiration in music. Why his humble
beginnings as a child still affect his world view on consumerism
and his definition of financial success.
- Finally, Tommy talks about the
medical benefits he has experienced using marijuana and CBD, and
what plans he has in store for the world when his cannabis business