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Cheech Marin discusses his new memoir at the SiriusXM
Cheech Marin discusses his new memoir at the SiriusXM "Town Hall" series with host Ron Bennington at SiriusXM Studios on March 15, 2017 in New York City.
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You probably don’t know his actual name, but you’ve definitely heard of Cheech.

In his new memoir “Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong,” Cheech Marin reflects on his childhood in South Central L.A., as well as his friendship with Tommy Chong and their iconic stoner comedy duo.

Host Larry Mantle talks to Cheech about the trajectory of “Cheech & Chong,” as well as Cheech’s more recent endeavors, which range from guest starring on “Jane the Virgin” to compiling a renowned collection of Chicano art.

Cheech will be speaking at the Canyon Club of Agoura Hills on Wednesday, April 19, and at the Rose of Pasadena on Thursday, April 20. You’ll also find him at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on Sunday, April 23. For more info on these events, click here and here.

Oh, and his real name is Richard.

Guest:

Cheech Marin, stand-up comedian, actor, director and author of “Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong” (Grand Central Publishing, 2017)