Marijuana mavericks Cheech & Chong return to the stage after more than 25 years
TORONTO — For a couple of laidback stoners, they sure know how to hold a grudge.
It has taken more than 25 years for Cheech & Chong to put aside their longstanding differences, with the comic pair apparently at loggerheads until just a few months ago.
But that's all behind them now, insist reunited comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, who say they're excited to be resuming their beloved pot-loving alter-egos for a North American tour that kicks off Sept. 5 in Ottawa.
"There was always a great love there, as well as a bit of annoyance," Marin says by phone from Los Angeles of the duo's rocky relationship and how they managed to get beyond the bickering.
"It's like being married, you know, for that long, you just kind of get sick of the other person."
Edmonton-born Chong says the squabbling started back in the mid-1980s, when Marin decided to do the comedy film, "Born In East L.A.," without his longtime cohort.
"That was kind of tough," Chong says in a separate phone interview from Sydney, N.S., where he had a comedy show last week. "It's kind of tough being a partner when your partner does a movie without you."
"After that, he sort of went his way and I went my way."link