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15 Pretty Chill Facts About Cheech & Chong: Still Smokin


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Here are 15 fun tidbits about the famed comedy duo’s 1983 film.

1. Still Smokin is the fifth live action movie featuring Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong.

The sixth and final is 1984’s Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers.

2. But it’s the last live action Cheech & Chong movie to feature the comedy duo as their stoner characters.

In The Corsican Brothers, Cheech and Chong play the titular brothers in a parody adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novella of the same name.

3. Still Smokin was originally conceived as a way to preserve the material the duo performed on their live tour.

4. Cheech Marin allegedly didn’t want to appear in Still Smokin because he was tired of being stereotyped as a stoner.

He was so adamant about changing his image the contract for his next movie stipulated that there would be no pot jokes in the movie at all.

5. The film was shot entirely on location in Amsterdam.

Even the final 20-minute “live” sequence.

6. At the time of the film’s release, Amsterdam did not host a film festival.

While the Amsterdam International Film Festival is fictitious, in the years since the film’s release a number of film festivals (including the Amsterdam Film Festival) originated in the Dutch city.

7. Still Smokin was released a year after The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.

This partially explains how Cheech and Chong come to be mistaken for the pair while attending the film festival. When Cheech and Chong arrive at the Amsterdam airport, you can see posters for the movie in the background.

8. Two of the movies that the duo spoofs are E.T. and Star Wars.

9. The back of Chong’s denim jacket reads “Cheech & Chong’s Los Cochinos.”

This is the name of a comedy album released by the duo in 1973.

10. The animal footage in the scene where Cheech and the Geran maid “retire” to the bedroom was an after-thought.

The film’s editor, James Coblentz, added it in post-production in lieu of gathering the actors to reshoot the originally-planned scene.

11. The title of the film technically doesn’t refer to smoking marijuana.

Cheech and Chong say the title of the movie comes from some particularly pungent feces in the sketch where they act like dogs.

12. “The Harder They Didn’t Come” is a loose parody of the 1972 Jimmy Cliff reggae film The Harder They Come.

13. Portraying the characters Bruno Hockaloogie and Itchy Scratchy wouldn’t be the last time Cheech and Chong appeared in a wrestling ring.

In 2010, they appeared on WWE Raw as themselves.

14. Unfortunately, the real Queen Beatrix doesn’t appear in the film.

Dutch actress Carla van Amstel plays the Queen.

15. The live footage at the end of the movie was shot at the Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam.

It was Cheech and Chong’s final live show appearance.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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