Friday, March 11, 2011
Well, I must say the February comedy show was quite a departure for me.
Since I’m not into the counter-culture lifestyle, those of you who really know me will certainly get a chuckle out of who I went to see.
I guess there were two reasons I went to the show. One reason was due to age. That would be, MY age, for one, as in I’m not getting any younger; and THEIR age, or more appropriately, their condition. I mean, sort of like Keith Richards, statistically, these guys probably shouldn’t be alive. I thought, if I don’t see them now, I never will.
The other reason dates back to my 1970-73 grade-school days. It’s one of these memories that keep floating around in my brain. I distinctly remember a few classmates who used to constantly imitate a skit these guys did on one of their records. You remember vinyl records, right? It was a skit about some sort of teacher, who couldn’t get her class quiet.
Sister Mary Elephant.
Now, what that means is, there were only two places in school that I could have heard that skit on a record.
One place would have been in art class, where we had a record player that was constantly being used. But, honestly, I don’t think I heard the skit in that class, because art class was the place where we heard Queen, ELO, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Cheap Trick.
We were pretty hip back then.
The other place would have been in my Spanish class.
Yes, you read that right, my Spanish class.
You see, we had this teacher, Mrs. M. (the last name escapes me - it was something like “mee-cee” or “mi-cee”). She was a sweet, older lady. At the end of each class, she would let students choose from one of the many records people would bring her. I still remember the album covers being propped up on the chalk-rail. This has gotta be where I heard this skit.
It’s funny to think now that our little ol-Spanish teacher may have been hipper than we knew.
So, the other day, I’m surfing around on YouTube. And there it is. The original Sister Mary Elephant Skit, “lip-synched” by some little grade-school kid.
He couldn’t have been more than 10 or 11.
Some things never change.
[Note: Talk about a show for 21-and-over only. Holy cow, most of the language used can’t and will not be repeated here, and that was just the OPENING ACT. Really, if you plan to do any Google research on these guys, please use caution as most of the material is for mature audiences only.]
Cheech and Chong
Feb. 12, 2010
Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland
Opening act: Shelby Chong (Wife of Tommy Chong)
Tiger Woods’ wife is a better golfer
Palin for President?
I have a 21 yr old still in high school
These Cantaloupes Would Make Groovy Shoes
Late Night Chinese Restaurant
Cheech & Chong
Intro: Bellingham has a small airport, I think the search dog remembered me.
QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
Which one is Cheech, and which one is Chong?
Cheech – what happened to your mustache? (It will all be revealed in the final episode of “Lost”) (or Cheech’s wife got it in the divorce)
Why did you break up? (Tommy – I didn’t know we were broken up for 4 years. I went to a Cheech and Chong movie and I wasn’t in it.)
What was the name of Cheech’s main character in Nash Bridges?
Who was the director of the Quentin Tarantino’s movie Dust til Dawn?
History lesson of how the pair met up. Their first record was made with $1000 and a Tape Recorder. “It’s the only time we ever rehearsed.”
Dave’s Not Here Skit
Santa Claus and his Old Lady (2010)
Let’s Make a Deal
Me and my old lady
Tribute to Ray Charles
Tribute to James Brown (Save the Whales)
Does your Mother Know About Me?*
*Interesting note: Tommy Chong has a songwriting credit on this song – it was covered by Diana Ross on her “Love Child” album.
Tommy Chong monologue
Cheech’s hillbilly character “Red”
Tommy’s “Blind Melon Chittlin” blues character
Cheech’s “The King and Queen of Rock and Roll: Alice Bowie”
(This had to be the funniest part of the show. A full-grown man in a pink tutu, Mickey Mouse ears and rock guitar outfit lip synching to a power rock song. At the end of the song he walks off with a walker.
Thoughts about the Bible
Born in East LA (Think “Born in the USA with a bit of “Dancing with the Stars”)
(I’m a) Mexican-American (parody song)
Get it legal (parody song)
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