Cheech And Chong Are Reuniting For A Special Reason

Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong formed one of the greatest duos ever, and now Cheech and Chong are reuniting for a special reason.

By Dan Lawrence | Published

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Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin, the comedy duo best known collectively as Cheech and Chong are set to reunite for a very special reason. Variety reports that the pair will be present at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to present the infamous Rock group the Red Hot Chili Peppers with the Global Icon Award. Cheech and Chong were selected by the band ahead of Hollywood actor Johnny Depp.

Cheech and Chong shot to fame thanks to their feature film debut in 1978 with Up in Smoke, which according to Forbes, grossed $44 million at the box office based on a budget of $2 million. At the time of the Forbes piece being written in 2018, the gross adjusted for inflation accounted for $151.28 million, making it an unquestionable hit. The pair had forged a successful career in standup prior to Up in Smoke, with routines focusing on Latin and Stoner culture, which transferred successfully into their film career and helped launch what is now known as the stoner-comedy sub-genre.

Following, Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong went on to create a further six sequels, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie in 1980, Nice Dreams in 1981, Things are Tough All Over in 1982, Still Smokin in 1983, Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers in 1984 and Get Out of My Room in 1985. The film’s included the pair starring as themselves on occasion, aliens and space coke, an adaptation of an Alexandre Dumas novel, and experimental mockumentary style filmmaking. However, after nearly three decades of forming a ‘brotherhood’ and having incredible success via comedy, music, and film, the pair split in the late eighties after a falling out over differing approaches to work, creative differences, and personality clashes.

However, despite their bust-up in the late eighties, Cheech and Chong went solo on a variety of projects before reuniting in the 2000s to once again tour with a host of comedy and musical shows and in 2013, made their eighth film together, Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie, which served almost an animated greatest hits of some of the pair’s most iconic sketches. Now, eight years after their last movie and five decades after their career began, the legendary duo will be on hand to present an award to an equally legendary rock group the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

This year’s recipient of the MTV VMA’s Global Icon Award the Red Hot Chili Peppers have already won eight VMAs in their history The band entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and is fronted by singer Anthony Kiedis, who is joined in the band by bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums and have won six Grammy Awards, making them more than worthy recipients of the Global Icon Award. Some of the best-known tracks include “Californication,” “Can’t Stop” and “Snow (Hey Oh).” Cheech and Chong will present the band with their award at the MTV VMAs on Sunday 28th August at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey.