Tommy Chong

(Thomas B. Kin Chong)

Tommy Chong
Tommy Chong
  • Born: May 24, 1938
  • Nationality: Canadian, , American
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Writer, Musician, Activist

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Thomas B. Kin Chong is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, director, musician and cannabis rights activist who is known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox's That '70s Show. He became a naturalized United States citizen in the late 1980s.

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A lot of prophets have gone to jail.
Activism, to me, I don't know if it really works. It may work for somebody else, but it does not work for me. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Any excuse to live in New York and do art. Has to be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Awakening your spiritual side is really what artists do. When you hit a groove, it's not you; it's the spirit world.
But you can't exercise and be high. It's impossible.
Cheech and I used to call ourselves musicians; we never called ourselves comedians. We were musicians that were funny. Humor
Cigarettes, I won't do cigarettes, nicotine will kill ya.
Comedy is the ultimate truth. Jazz is hitting the notes that that no one else would hit, and comedy is saying words that no one else would say. Truth
Every time I get tested, I ask questions about it, and I watch how they do it. Time
Everything that happens to me is very cosmic.
I know the musical world as well as I know the comedy world.
I know, because I tried all sorts of ways of being in character, and the best way is to be totally straight.
I love to meet my fans, and after every show I usually hang out for a few hours, talking to my fans, signing autographs, and selling T-shirts. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never did smoke that much pot; never was a big pothead.
I used to joke for years that I was a black man. I adopted the black culture, the black race. I married a black woman, and I had black kids. I always considered myself a 'brother.'
I was about sixteen when I discovered that music could get you laid, so I got into music boy, didn't matter what you looked like either, you could be a geeky looking guy but if you played music, whoa, you'd get the girls. Music, Chants & Rapps
I was more of a weightlifter.
If I don't get paid I'm going to take a whole lot of Marshall amps home with me on the plane.
I'm a hybrid.
I'm as clean as a whistle.
I'm just glad I can make a difference in someone's life. Life
I've always been into improvisation.
I've been a good boy, I've never really been convicted of serious crime.
I've met a lot of jazz musicians in my day, and they're all funny. Humor
Jail was probably the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me.
Life, especially in America, is ruled by corporations. Life
Maybe once in a while, you know, after a hard day of shooting or something like that, I'd kick back.
Music has always been a big part of Cheech & Chong's career, so it's just natural. You know, I was a musician before I met Cheech and had a record with Motown, and so I've got the cred. Music, Chants & Rapps
My incarceration was actually a positive thing from the beginning. I needed a gimmick to get my act going again, it gave me material.
No. Maceo played sax, didn't he, well they used to sit in.
Once you're a felon you're a target.
One night all the James Brown band was playing on stage and I look in the back and I could see Mick Jagger and Keith Richards trying to get in the club and they couldn't get in cause it was to crowded.
People try to put ownership on things: 'That's mine, that's my joke.' No such thing. Like if you tripped or stumbled and people go, 'Oh, that's Charlie Chaplin.' You know what I mean? You can't own a joke. You can be the guy that tells it the best, but you can't own a joke. Nowhere can you own a laugh.
Religion is run by thought police. 'Obey. Listen. This is what you do. Don't ask questions. Go die for your country.' The spirituality says, 'Okay, you can die for your country, but know what you're doing while you're doing it.' Religion & God
'That '70s Show' was one of the highlights of my life. I didn't expect to be on it as long as I was. Life
The funny thing is, Dennis Miller got me back into comedy. Humor
The GRAMMY was a huge deal. It's the height of any musical career.
The Shades never recorded anything, Little Daddy and the Bachelors recorded a couple of records, ya.
The smartest billionaires I know never finished high school. I got my degree and my doctorate on the street and an advanced degree in jail.
The thing is about Cheech & Chong, we've brought more families together than Dr. Phil.
The trouble when you're doing something illegal is that you know what you're doing. You're lying to your parents, you're lying to your kids. The only person you can't lie to is yourself.
The way jazz works is that we take a theme, and then we write using the same structure, same chord changes, and then we can do different tunes.
There's a hierarchy in prison, and I was right at the top.
They just wanted to show the entertainment world that we're vulnerable.
To be in a situation where you have no rights whatsoever is something I wish everybody could experience. People's attitudes would change. It would be a better place.
Unfortunately, the American justice system is just riddled with lies and inconsistencies.
We won a contest at the teen fair in Vancouver and the first prize was a recording contract and we recorded at a radio station on the stairway, and we did a record and it got put out.
Well I don't know, I might have lost my citizenship, I don't think you can lose your citizenship though.
Well, I had an after hours club in Vancouver and when any of the Motown acts would call.
Well, I started out as a musician, so when I was about 10 years old, I was already in a band.
What made me a comedian was that I wasn't really a songwriter, I was more of a poet.
When they put me in jail, that's when they turned me into an activist. Up until the time I went to jail, I was just a comedian. Time
When you hit a groove, it's not you; it's the spirit world. The spirits whisper the ideas in your brain and prod you along. They're the ones that are really happy.
You can't become a dictator through checks and balances.
You know, I left the country when Reagan got in; I went to France.
You look at Cheney, Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, and Bush - if you saw them on Halloween, they wouldn't need a costume. You'd give them a treat and compliment them on what great-looking demons they were. They are demons. There's no doubt about it.

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