- From Cannabis Radio:
Now, Tommy Chong joins CannabisRadio.com to bring a new Podcast with his son Paris to our network. We’re proud to have this amazing Father/Son Chong duo join the network to bring both a comedic look into the life of Chong, while helping to enlighten listeners on the cannabis lifestyle. Both from an enthusiast and medical perspective as only Tommy Chong can do.
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Tommy Chong co-wrote and performed on many Cheech & Chong comedy albums, two of which were nominated for Best Comedy Album Grammy Awards. He also directed four of the duo’s films, while co-writing and starring in all seven with Cheech Marin. Cheech & Chong, while a very successful comedy act, split in 1985 due to creative differences and Marin’s desire to focus on a mainstream acting career. This began a difficult time for Chong. He did not act regularly until filling the recurring role (later a regular role) as the fun-loving, aging hippie “Leo” (similar to his Chong character) on That ’70s Show. Chong was absent during the fifth and sixth seasons of the show as he was serving a brief jail sentence; upon his release, he returned to the series for its final two seasons. He also played a role as a hippie in Dharma and Greg.
Chong was originally going to voice the character of Shenzi, the hyena in the Disney film The Lion King. Cheech Marin voiced Banzai. (The Shenzi character was changed to a female, and voiced instead by Whoopi Goldberg.) Decades later, Chong would appear in a Disney animated film of his own, Zootopia.
In September 2005, a/k/a Tommy Chong premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary, produced, written and directed by Josh Gilbert, chronicles Chong’s comedic and personal history. It includes material related to his prosecution by the US Justice Department and imprisonment. The project features interviews with Cheech Marin, Bill Maher, George Thorogood, Peter Coyote, Lou Adler, Eric Schlosser and Jay Leno. In 2011, Chong appeared as a Judge in an episode of Franklin & Bash.
On September 4, 2014, Chong was announced as one of the celebrities participating on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars. He paired with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd. Despite being at the bottom of the leaderboard numerous times, Chong and Murgatroyd were able to make it to the night of the semi-finals but were eliminated at the end of that night. Chong is the oldest contestant to have made it to the semi-finals of the show.
He announced on June 9, 2012, that he is battling prostate cancer. He described the cancer “as a slow stage one [that I’ve] had for a long time.” He said that he had been drug-free for about three years, during which time he began having prostate-related problems. On July 15, 2012, Chong tweeted that the hemp oil treatment he’d been using to cure his cancer was effective and that he is “99% cancer free.” However, on June 16, 2015, Chong stated that he had contracted rectal cancer and was “using cannabis like crazy” in order to endure the treatment.
Chong appeared with his long-time comedy partner, Cheech Marin, in a 2000 South Park episode called “Cherokee Hair Tampons”, where they played fictional versions of themselves.
In mid-2008, Cheech & Chong reunited and started touring. The tour was called Light Up America and Canada and The Felimony Tour, which referred to major expenses of each. In October 2008, they appeared on The Opie and Anthony Show, The Howard Stern Show and The Ron and Fez Show on SIRIUS/XM Satellite Radio. On March 1, 2010, they hosted WWE Raw in Oklahoma City. On March 13, 2011, Cheech & Chong were guest stars on The Simpsons episode “A Midsummer’s Nice Dream”, where, during a reunion tour, Homer briefly replaced Chong before the pair reconciled.
Cheech Marin appeared in Tommy Chong’s first dance in the season opener of Dancing with the Stars, on September 15, 2014. Around this same time, Cheech and Chong appeared together on the internet-based, pro-marijuana show, Getting Doug With High.
Tommy Chong as Yax the Yak – The Up In Smoke star portrays the trippy yak who gives life advice from the front desk of the local Zen retreat.
Yax is into a naturalist lifestyle, holistic living and getting back to nature. He’s an emotional life coach, and I would want Tommy Chong as my life coach!