Tommy Chong is a filmmaker, actor, musician, comedian, and entrepreneur, famous for his pivotal role in creating the iconic ‘Cheech and Chong’ stoner films.
Welcome to the eleventh episode of The Green Fund’s CannaCast! The CannaCast features pre-eminent figures within the cannabis space, whether it be entrepreneurs, doctors, chefs, or CEO’s of cannabis companies, we will be speaking to the people that have made waves in the cannabis industry.
In this episode, we speak with the iconic Tommy Chong, who carved his path in the cannabis industry in 1978 through his iconic film, ‘Up in Smoke,’ which launched the Cheech & Chong franchise alongside Marin Cheech.
Born in Alberta, Canada, Tommy made his foray into the artistic realm in the ’60s by playing guitar for a soul group called the Shades.
During this period, Tommy met Cheech Marin, who was dodging the draft for the Vietnam War at the time, and shortly after the pair formed a comedic duo. Quickly, the pair found success through musical comedies such as ‘Dave’s Not Here’ and “Sister Mary Elephant.”
These successes culminated in the Cheech and Chong films of the ’70s and ’80s, which paved the way for stoner films for decades to come.
We dove deep in this interview, asking Tommy about his views on spirituality, his daily cannabis use, his favourite stoner film, whether he saw the Cheech & Chong films as being part of a larger effort to remove the stigma surrounding cannabis and much more.
We hope you enjoy this very special episode of The CannaCast with Tommy Chong!
This episode was produced by Casey Peternell, the introduction theme music was created by Reni Mathason and the CannaCast image was created by Niccole Lim. You can find the episode on our Spotify as well as on Apple Podcasts.