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15 Far-Out Facts About Cheech & Chong: Things Are Tough All Over

THINGS ARE TOUGH ALL OVER, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, 1982, (c) Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

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Before tuning in to the 1982 comedy, check out these 15 behind-the-scenes tidbits about Things Are Tough All Over.

1. Things Are Tough All Over is Thomas K. Alvidsen’s only directorial effort.

Alvidsen previously served as editor on Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie and Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams.


2. And it’s only the second Cheech & Chong movie not directed by Tommy Chong.

Up in Smoke, Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin’s first full-length film, was directed by Lou Adler.


3. The original title of Things Are Tough All Over was Riding High.


4. The movie was inspired by the 1979 oil crisis.

Cheech knew he wanted to make a Cheech & Chong movie about the event, and the script eventually evolved from there.


5. Cheech and Chong do double duty in the film.

In addition to playing themselves, they also appear (in brownface) as the movie’s stereotypically insensitive villains, Mr. Slyman and Prince Habib.


6. “The Fifis” are played by Cheech’s and Chong’s real-life wives, Shelby Chong (credited as Shelby Fiddis) and Rikki Marin.

Both previously appeared in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie and Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams, and would also go on to appear in Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers.


7. The Fifis are French in the movie because Tommy Chong’s wife had recently moved to Paris.

Her Francophilia must have rubbed off on Chong—after Things Are Tough All Over was released, Tommy and Shelby Chong moved to Cannes, France.


8. The hitchhiker Donna appears in three Cheech & Chong movies.

Donna, played by Evelyn Guerrero, is seen in Things Are Tough All Over, Nice Dreams, and Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie.

9. Cheech & Chong don’t actually smoke any marijuana in the movie.

The only drug taken in the entire movie is Peyote.


10. “Things are tough all over” is the last line of the movie…

… but Cheech and his other character, Mr. Slyman say variations of the title twice before the final scene. Cheech says, “Things were tough all over,” in the beginning of the movie and Slyman says, “Things are tough every over,” [sic] later on in the film.


11. A pre-Full House Dave Coulier makes an appearance.

You can spot him at the restaurant in Las Vegas. He is listed as “David Couwlier” in the end credits.


12. One of the other restaurant patrons is played by famous British comedian Ruby Wax.

Wax is best known for creating and starring in the British sitcom Girls on Top and also for her guest appearances on the British comedy Absolutely Fabulous.


13. It’s the only Cheech & Chong movie in which the characters live in Chicago.


14. The guy who picks up Cheech and Chong while they hitchhike is popular prop comedian Rip Taylor.

He is perhaps best known for his appearances on 1970s game shows like Hollywood Squares and The Gong Show.


15. The music in the movie was written by musician Gaye Delorme.

Delorme is most well known for co-writing the Cheech & Chong song “Earach My Eye.” That song appeared in their first movie, Up In Smoke, and was first used on the duo’s 1974 comedy album, Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album.

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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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