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Dazed and Confused… Cheech & Chong!

Written by Rebeka Knott


In 1967 at the age of 21, after graduating from California State University with a writing degree, and during the uproar surrounding the Vietnam War, Richard “Cheech” Marin, fled the United States to avoid the draft into the United States Armed Forces. He ended up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During the course of his job, Cheech Marin, was introduced to musician, Thomas “Tommy” Chong, which was the start of an epic friendship and an infamous career.

Canadian, Tommy Chong, started out in the 1960’s as a rock and roll musician, and later put together a racy comedy team, City Works Improvisational Group, which Cheech Marin eventually joined. After City Works Improvisational Group fizzled out, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong continued on in the entertainment business as a duo, calling themselves Cheech & Chong; and the rest is history! 

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