Cheech and Chong Get their Day in the City of West Hollywood

Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, John Duran, Lindsey Horvath and John Heilman - Photo by Paulo Murillo

West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, Mayor Pro-Tempore John Duran and council member Lindsey Horvath took a moment to honor East LA native Richard “Cheech” Moran and Canadian born Tommy Chong of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong. The city presented the comedy duo with a key to the city of West Hollywood at the famous Roxy on Sunset Boulevard. And they even got their very own day.

The presentation hosted by Paramount, recognized the two for their contribution to comedy and American culture on the 40th Anniversary of their first motion picture, Up in Smoke.

Cheech and Chong – Photo by Paulo Murillo
Cheech and Chong Love Machine – Photo by Paulo Murillo

The two funny men drove down the Sunset Strip in the infamous “MUF DVR” Love Machine 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport that Cheech drove in the movie. They parked in front of The Roxy where a green carpet awaited them.

When asked how they felt to be back to the Sunset Strip, Marin responded, “Older. Slower. But the air is cleaner.”

“I’ve never been here before,” Chong joked.

The stage was set up with smoke machines for effect at an event was full of laughs after comedy legend George Lopez took the stage as the event’s host. They were also joined by Lou Adler, who produced Up in Smoke. Adler is a Grammy Award-winning American record producer, music executive, talent manager, songwriter, film director, and co-owner of the Roxy.

George Lopez – Photo by Paulo Murillo

“Everybody knows that Cheech and Chong made a major impact in entertainment,” Lopez, told the group of reporters and fans. “Their comedy routine in the early 70s addressed the issues that are important today. I don’t think that we can say that marijuana is legal in California and not thank Cheech and Chong.”

“Cheech told me that he didn’t know it was ever illegal,” He added jokingly.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at
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