Overtoke TV News for 05-31-2018

Legal Marijuana

A stoner looks at 80: Comedian, marijuana advocate Tommy Chong reflects on his career

LOS ANGELES – Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping the country. Not even in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia. So much so that when the High Priest of Stoner Comedy turns 80 on Thursday – that’s right, 80 – he expects his Chong’s Choice brand of marijuana, available in legal dispensaries in several states, will be consumed in abundance at the parties his family is planning. Not that he was ever a heavy pot user, Chong says, just a consistent connoisseur. When no other hits followed, Motown dropped the group, and the Canadian-born Chong returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he ran a pair of strip clubs with his brother. 

Motown had helped Chong obtain a green card, and the two headed to fame and fortune in Los Angeles. On a recent early morning, Chong answers the door for a photo shoot at his longtime home in the hills overlooking L.A.’s wealthy Brentwood section, arriving in gray jeans, sandals and a black T-shirt advertising the name of a Colorado cannabis dispensary he recently visited. As a photographer sets up, Chong polishes off a breakfast of oatmeal topped with sliced banana. Chong, whose father emigrated from China before World War II, mostly identifies culturally as Chinese, although he’s equally proud of his Scotch, Irish and Native American ancestry from his mother’s side. More than just a stoner comedian, he’s been a passionate marijuana advocate for decades. 

Before the pair’s bitter 1980s breakup, Cheech and Chong dominated comedy for 15 years. Those efforts generally ended in angry, insult-laden exchanges until 10 years ago when Paris Chong intervened. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”years”,”Marin”]
Source: http://www.medina-gazette.com/Nation-World/2018/05/24/A-stoner-looks-at-80-Comedian-marijuana-advocate-Tommy-Chong-reflects.html

Stoner comedy pioneer Tommy Chong still toking, joking at 80

LOS ANGELES – Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America. He even knew in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia. So much so that when the High Priest of Stoner Comedy turns 80 on Thursday – that’s right, 80 – he expects his Chong’s Choice brand of marijuana, available in legal dispensaries in several states, will be consumed in abundance at the parties his family is planning. Not that he was ever a heavy pot user, Chong says, just a consistent connoisseur. When no other hits followed, Motown dropped the group, and the Canadian-born Chong returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he ran a pair of strip clubs with his brother. 

The pair began warming up audiences with stoner jokes, and a comedy team was born. Motown had helped Chong obtain a green card, and the two headed to fame and fortune in Los Angeles. On a recent early morning, Chong answers the door for a photo shoot at his longtime home in the hills overlooking L.A.’s wealthy Brentwood section, arriving in gray jeans, sandals and a black T-shirt advertising the name of a Colorado cannabis dispensary he recently visited. As a photographer sets up, Chong polishes off a breakfast of oatmeal topped with sliced banana. Chong, whose father emigrated from China before World War II, mostly identifies culturally as Chinese, although he’s equally proud of his Scotch, Irish and Native American ancestry from his mother’s side. 

Before the pair’s bitter 1980s breakup, Cheech and Chong dominated comedy for 15 years. Those efforts generally ended in angry, insult-laden exchanges until 10 years ago when Paris Chong intervened. 

Keywords: [“Chong”,”years”,”Marin”]
Source: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/may/24/stoner-comedy-pioneer-tommy-chong-still-toking-jok/

‘The Dope Show’ bringing laughs to Spokane

This combination of comedy and cannabis seems to be the perfect ingredients for The Dope Show, a new monthly event at the Spokane Comedy Club and other entertainment venues in the Northwest. In an email, Smith said each performer has a different reaction so audiences never know what they’re going to get. While the show is built around the marijuana experience, the content isn’t necessarily all weed, all the time. That means, even if you aren’t a cannabis connoisseur, you can still enjoy the Dope Show. The first three Dope Shows this year have had an average attendance of around 200 people. 

The good thing about the Dope Show is that you can attend anytime because it’s a different show each time. Smith had the idea for the show shortly after recreational marijuana became legal in Washington. At the time he says he didn’t have much of a following and knew he couldn’t bring in big crowds, so instead he took the opportunity to start The Dope Show and invite other comedians. Along with the Spokane location, he also organizes The Dope Show at the Historic Everett Theatre in Everett and the Tacoma Comedy Club. In Spokane, The Dope Show is sponsored by local 502 retailers and producers including Phat Panda and The Green Nugget. 

While state regulations make it illegal to use or bring marijuana on the premises of the Spokane Comedy Club, Smith encourages guests to support and frequent these sponsoring businesses. The Dope Show takes place the last Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. at Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague Avenue. 

Keywords: [“Show”,”Dope”,”comedy”]
Source: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/may/25/dope-show-bringing-laughs-spokane/

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