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Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin talk “Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie”

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Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have teamed up again in a movie for the first time since their 1984 film “The Corsican Brothers.” The comedy duo are starring in animated comedy “Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie,” which hit theaters on March 18 and is due on DVD and Blu-ray April 23.

In anticipation of the film’s home video release, IFC caught up with Cheech and Chong to talk about their newest collaboration. The duo, who is gearing up for a tour, also opened up about their career together, their love of marijuana and the two comedians they think are the most progressive right now: Louis CK and Lena Dunham. Read the full interview below.

IFC: Where did the inspiration for this animated movie come from?

Chong: Well, the Chambers brothers, who created the characters and produced the animation movie, it was their brand child. They got our permission to do the characters and of course we had to okay all the characters and the story and stuff like that. We helped them with running it together with Buster the body crab. I was really excited about it because I’ve wanted to get into animation with “Cheech & Chong,” to make us immortal, because we’re already immoral.

IFC: Well you guys already are immortal with your comedy and your other movies.

Chong: No, we want that paycheck to be immortal. Yeah, we want that mailbox going, “Oh, another residual check.” We like that. It really all goes towards golf. We’re supporting golf in this world.

IFC: Do you think this could mean future “Cheech & Chong” animated movies?

Cheech: This is the first of 47 movies we have planned. I hope Fox turns us into “The Simpsons” replacement. I want to be able to come down to the studio once a week and say hi to everybody and maybe do a few hours of voiceover, walk out with a million bucks.

IFC: You worked with the Chambers brothers before on the animated game, right? Do you guys think you’ll continue doing video games as well?

Chong: Yeah we did, the “Cheech & Chong” game.

Cheech: We’re into everything. We’ve got “Cheech & Chong” apps. We’re looking at a line of “Cheech & Chong” condoms.

IFC: I feel like there’s a lot you guys can branch out into.

Chong: I had a girl the other night tell me about vibrating panties.

Cheech: Really?

Chong: Yeah. With a remote control. Yeah. Cheech & Chong vibrating girly panties. Your wife or your girlfriend can be sitting across from you and you hit the button and all of the sudden she’ll get a real look of pleasure on her face.

Cheech: We’d like to do a video game. We’re developing a couple video games through our app, which is called “The Fatty.” You can have access to all the fun games we have in there. We’re adding to that app all the time.

IFC: You guys have been working together for decades and clearly you both still like each other — or at least it seems like you both like each other. How has your relationship evolved over the years?

Chong: Well I’m deaf, so I don’t understand half the things he’s saying. And Cheech’s memory it’s, well, it’s okay. I just recently have been diagnosed with CRS: “Can’t remember shit.” And he’s got this habit of getting married every once in a while.

Cheech: For every marriage you’ve got to have a different fortune, that’s what I’ve been told.

Chong: And we both get hungry around the same time. At the beginning we were like best friends. We’ve never been best friends but we’re brothers. We can love or hate each other, but we’re brothers. There’s a blood link there. You always defend your brother. You can fight with him, but you’re brothers. You can’t ever sever that tie.

Cheech: It’s true.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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