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Cheech and Chong: Show Appears Tough All Over

23 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
and James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

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Cheech & Chong and War

The Royal Theatre
Victoria, BC

July 20, 2014

J: After 30 years of watching their films and listening to their comedy albums, I was ecstatic to finally be able to see Cheech and Chong live on stage. I will say that the years have not been kind to their low-brow style of comedy, which served them better in its heyday during the 1970’s.

It doesn’t mean they’re any less funny (goodness knows they are) but that does make it tough for Cheech and Chong to find a new generation of fans. That much was self-evident in the make-up of the audience. Except for one youth, the rest of the attendees I saw were at my age or older.

The reason may be due to the demand for a Cheech and Chong reunion hit its peak a decade ago.

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