Shelby Chong and Cheech Marin ham it up on stage at the South Okanagan Events Centre Wednesday (Mark Brett - Western News)

Cheech and Chong light up South Okanagan fans

Cheech and Chong’s O Cannibas tour on stage at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The world’s iconic purveyors of pot had them rolling in the aisles and just about everywhere else in and around the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) Wednesday night.

Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong, along with backup from Shelby Chong, Tommy’s wife of 35 years, dished up some comedic and musical delights within the odorous confines of the SOEC as part of their O Cannibas Tour.

Shelby, not looking anywhere close her reported age of 71, opened the show with a raunchy recollection of the past, including her first acid trip in a grocery store and the vegetable shoes she found there, and later ate.

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She also talked about her longtime marriage to Tommy, describing her husband at his current age as being “like a fine wine…” the last part of the description unfit to print.

She then introduced the pair to the delight and cheers of the crowd and the three sat and talked about their lives together including their movie and television performances, Tommy’s jail time and even the infamous breakup of Cheech and Chong.

When Shelby asked the men why they split up the act, Tommy replied they got rich.

“And how do you get a rich Mexican to work?” he asked.

About Tommy’s time in at the Taft Correctional Institution for conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia when asked how many times Cheech went to his partner in jail, the answer was “once.”

READ MORE: Cheech and Chong bring O Cannabis tour to Penticton

The reason why just a single visit apparently had to do with the bodily inspection by prison officials

From there the pair re-visited their musical roots, including hard rocker Cheech dressed up in a pink tutu along with some of their skits, including the hilarious car scene from their blockbuster movie Up in Smoke.

They’re last Canadian stop is Thursday in Abbotsford before heading south for six November stops in the United States.



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Cheech Marin answers one of Shelby Chong’s questions to the delight of the audience at the South Okanagan Events Centre Wednesday. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Tommy Chong plays some air guitar during the opening of the Cheech and Chong O Cannabis Tour at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Cheech Marin runs through one of his routines for the Penticton audience. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Tommy Chong tries to find a taker for an imaginary joint as he recalled a time on the set of That ’70s Show when he couldn’t find anyone to share it with. Chong, his wife Shelby and longtime partner Cheech Marin were at the South Okanagan Events Centre Wednesday. (Mark Brett - Western News)

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