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


Posted by on

IFC: Clearly you guys have a small love for cannabis. In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of comedians come forward and have that stoner edge, if you will; like Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and there are movies like “Pineapple Express.” What do you think of the new people coming forward and using that angle for their comedy?

Chong: Pot has always been a very friendly drug. When you take a hit of pot, your first impulse is to give it to somebody, and that’s what we did. Humor’s the same way. We never ever expected to be the only guys to do stoner humor. We’re just really glad that we’re the first, and to really further the cause, be it Latino or the legalization of pot.

Cheech: Yeah, God told us to do it.

Chong: God did. I talk to God all the time.

Cheech: He appears in the form of a burning bush.

Chong: He appears in the form of my wife.

IFC: What do you think that the nation is missing out on because pot isn’t legal — other than being able to smoke pot?

Chong: They’re missing out on a ton of money, for one thing. But it’s a scam, see. They started the DEA, Nixon started it with an executive order, and they’ve spent some trillions of dollars fighting the weed and then haven’t even made a dent.

Cheech: All they’ve done is spread it.

Chong: Yeah, all they did, and they affected the whole world. The whole world’s been upset. That’s one of the reasons we have wars — alcohol-fueled, fear-fueled, oil-based wars. If you let the potheads take over, which we’re doing, we’re the meek that will inherit the world.

IFC: True that. Now I’m just curious: Who in the comedy world do you guys like right now? Who is making you laugh?

Chong: I guess Louis CK is probably number one right now.

Cheech: I don’t know if I follow any standup. I liked this guy, I don’t even remember the guy’s name. He was a Chinese guy and I can’t remember his name. I saw him on TV one night, he had a standup coming from a Chinese perspective, and he said he was taking a citizenship test and they had to ask him all of these questions and one of the questions was, “What is Roe vs. Wade?” And he said, “Name two ways of coming to America.” [laughs]

Chong: [laughs] “Row” versus “wade.”

IFC: That’s awesome.

Cheech: CRS, right.

Chong: Can’t remember shit.

IFC: Tommy, what is it about Louis that you find intriguing?

Chong: Louis CK? He’s on the edge. He’s like [Sam] Kinison and Steve Martin and all these guys rolled into one.

Cheech: He’s the comedian of the time right now, of the moment.

Chong: Yeah, of the moment. You know who else I really love is that girl who writes “Girls.”

IFC: Lena Dunham.

Chong: Yeah, I think she is a genius. A genius with comedy, with everything. I mean, no one’s funnier. I mean, her show, Cheech you’ve got to see it.

Cheech: I’ve seen it!

Chong: It is funny. A funny, funny show.

What are your thoughts on Cheech & Chong? Who is your favorite comedian right now? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Watch More

Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

Posted by on
Photo Credit: Universal/Everett Collection

Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

Watch More
Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

Posted by on

End of summer got you feeling like:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

Watch More

Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

Posted by on
Photo Credit: Cinecom/courtesy Everett Collection

This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
Cinecom/Everett Collection

Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
Cinecom/Everett Collection

Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

Tina Weymouth Keyboard
Cinecom/Everett Collection

Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

Watch More
Powered by ZergNet