Cheech & Chong steered marijuana culture to the mainstream in the '70s and, man, are Harold, Kumar and Seth Rogen glad they did.
Cheech Marin, the sensible half of the toking team (which isn't saying much) thinks he and Tommy Chong were just riding shotgun with America behind the wheel.
"Back in the day we said we were middle-of-the-road dopers and that's the norm for the country," Marin, 66, said in a telephone interview from L.A. "People used to laugh at that but we weren't some secret, cutting edge cult existing underground. It was just a publicly undeclared norm.
"Tommy used to say: 'What if we're right? What if all the things we're saying are right?' Nobody took that into consideration because it was these two stoned guys talking. But we WERE right."
Saturday night at 8 p.m., Cheech & Chong's Joint Venture tour drops into the Straz to see what condition our conditions are in. Tickets are $34-50-$54.50, available at the box office and strazcenter.org.
The duo is likely to pull out classic bits like Dave, Earache My Eye and Sister Mary Elephant, and Marin promised a few song-and-dance turns with Chong's wife Shelly joining them. The show is suggested for mature audiences and immature stoners.
For the record, Marin still partakes occasionally, although "it just makes me tired now." Chong, 74, gets his cannabis fix solely from hemp oil, treating prostate cancer. Both are firm proponents of medicinal marijuana, which Marin considers "a good manners invitation to the party."
"I'm trying to get my dad to do it because he has glaucoma," Marin said. "But he's, like, a 30-year policeman and is, like, (growls, grumbles). I keep saying: 'You know it would really be good for you. Maybe you wouldn't be such a (jerk)."'