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At their peak in the 1970s, Cheech & Chong represented the mainstream embodiment of the attitudes and lifestyles of the underground drug culture. Much as W.C. Fields shot to fame by making alcohol the focus of his act, the duo of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong emerged from a cloud of pot smoke, simultaneously championing and lampooning the stoner community that became the team's most ardent supporters; although derided by critics and dismissed by the general populace, the team's stature as counterculture heroes was unquestioned, and for both aging hippies and dazed-and-confused teens, their comedy defined an era. The team began to take shape in the late '60s when, after entering show business as a guitarist in a rock band, Chong established City Works, a wild improvisational troupe later joined by Richard "Cheech" Marin. When City Works dissolved, Cheech & Chong continued as a duo, formulating a musical comedy act. The music proved short-lived, however, when audiences began reacting favorably to the team's spacy pothead raps; after establishing their comic persona, the duo rarely deviated from the course -- for record after record and film after film, they remained blissed-out stoners, their humor locked in the druggy stasis of the doper mentality. Cheech & Chong debuted in 1971 with an eponymous LP featuring studio sketches like "Waiting for Dave" (a circular routine owing a debt to Bob & Ray), "Cruisin' with Pedro" (about drug-deal paranoia), and "Trippin' in Court." The album was a tremendous success, and its 1972 follow-up, Big Bambu (a record packaged in a giant rolling paper), reached the number two spot on the Billboard charts. The following year's Grammy-winning Los Cochinos duplicated the feat, and included the novelty hit "Basketball Jones." After 1974's Wedding Album (which featured the hit "Earache My Eye") and 1976's Sleeping Beauty, Cheech & Chong had built enough of a cult following to make the leap into films. Their 1978 feature debut, Up in Smoke, established the formula followed by all of their subsequent movies, quickly dispensing with plot in order to focus on surreal narrative detours and long meandering conversations between the principal characters. With the exception of 1980's Let's Make a New Dope Deal, the duo spent the next several years working exclusively on films, releasing a rapid-fire string of comedies like 1980's Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, 1981's Nice Dreams, and 1983's Still Smokin. As the hedonism of the 1970s gave way to the "just say no" conservatism of the Reagan era, Cheech & Chong found little response to their trademark brand of humor; after 1984's The Corsican Brothers, their film career ended, and in 1985 they returned to the recording studio for their swan song LP, Get Out of My Room. After dissolving their partnership, both spent the remainder of the decade appearing in low-budget films; by 1993, Marin even recorded a children's album, My Name Is Cheech, the School Bus Driver. While Chong largely drifted into obscurity, Marin enjoyed a renaissance in the middle of the 1990s, appearing in the Robert Rodriguez films Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn; a prominent supporting role in Ron Shelton's romantic comedy Tin Cup led to a co-starring role opposite Don Johnson in the CBS detective series Nash Bridges. In 1997 Chong made a guest appearance on the program, marking the duo's first public reunion in a number of years. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  2.   Santa Claus and His Old Lady
  3.   Dave
  4.   Let's Make a Dope Deal
  5.   Basketball Jones
  6.   Framed
  7.   The Continuing Adventures of Pedro de Pacas and Man
  8.   Vietnam
  9.   1st Gear, 2nd Gear
  10.   Peter Rooter
  11.   Acapulco Gold Filters
  12.   Acupuncture
  13.   White World of Sports
  14.   Trippin' in Court
  15.   The Finkelstein Shit Kid
  16.   The Big Sniff
  17.   Crusin' With Pedro de Pacas
  18.   Blind Melon Chitlin'
  19.   Sargent Stadanko
  20.   Jimmy
  21.   The Ajax Lady
  22.   Sister Mary Elephant
  23.   Waiting For Dave
  24.   Sometimes When You Gotta Go, You Can't
  25.   Lard Ass
  26.   The Adventures of Red & Roy
  27.   Sleeping Beauty
  28.   Up in Smoke
  29.   Pedro's Request
  30.   TWAT (Tactical Women's Alert Team)
  31.   Uncle Pervy
  32.   Earache My Eye by Alice Bowie
  33.   Born in East L.A.
  34.   Black Lassie (A Great American Dog)
  35.   Television Medley: Unamerican Bandstand
  36.   Evelyn Woodhead Speed Reading Course
  37.   The Strawberry Revival Festival
  38.   Radio News
  39.   Pedro and Man at the Drive-Inn
  40.   Les Morpions
  41.   Up His Nose
  42.   Don't Bug Me
  43.   Streets of New York or Los Angeles or San Francisco Or...
  44.   Pachuco
  45.   One Day
  46.   Pretty Boy Alice
  47.   Bajito Y Suavecito
  48.   (Another Hit of) Marijuana
  49.   Wink Dinkerson
  50.   Welcome to Mexico
  51.   Warren Beatty
  52.   Wake up America
  53.   Up in Smoke Reprise
  54.   The Stupid Early Show
  55.   The Pope: Live at the Vatican
  56.   The Music Lessons
  57.   Testimonial by R. Zimmerman
  58.   Television Medley: Tortured Old Man
  59.   Television Medley: Let's Make a Dope Deal
  60.   Television Medley: Empire Hancock
  61.   Sushi Bar
  62.   Rock Fight
  63.   Rebuttal: Speaker Ashley Roachclip
  64.   Ralph and Herbie
  65.   Rainbow Bar & Grill
  66.   Queer Wars
  67.   Moe Money (Includes 'Rudolph the Red Nosed)
  68.   Low Rider
  69.   Lost Due to Incompetence (Theme for a Big Green Van)
  70.   I'm Not Home Right Now
  71.   I'm a (Modern) Man
  72.   I Didn't Know Your Name Was Alex
  73.   Here Come the Mounties to the Rescue
  74.   Get out of My Room
  75.   Emergency Ward
  76.   Dorm Radio III
  77.   Dorm Radio I
  78.   Dork Radio
  79.   Disco Disco
  80.   17th American Tour
  81.   Bloat On
  82.   Championship Wrestling
  83.   Cheborneck
  84.   China Town
  85.   Love Is Strange
  86.   Cheech and Chong Anthem (Weed Are the World Tm)
  87.   Smoke a Doobie Time
  88.   The Other Tapes
  89.   The Bust
  90.   Paranoid Pot Head
  91.   The Three Little Pigs
  92.   Coming Attractions
  93.   The Baby Sitters
  94.   Juan Coyote
  95.   Hey Margaret
  96.   Medical Marijuana Blues
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