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Cheech Marin Discusses His Career and Reminds You: Don’t Call Him ‘Chong’

The comedian will serve as the grand marshal for the Houston Art Car Parade.


Comedian Cheech Marin with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.


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Cheech Marin Book CoverWhatever you do, don’t call Cheech Marin “Chong.”

The comedian is tired of being mistaken for his longtime comedy partner Tommy Chong, and he discusses his relationship with his former partner — and his career so far — in his new book, Cheech is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong!

Marin will be the Grand Marshal of the 30th annual Houston Art Car Parade on Saturday (April 8, 2017).

In the audio above, he joins Craig Cohen in the Houston Matters studio to talk about his book, comedy, and how moving away from pot jokes helped his career.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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