Tommy Chong Wants to Get High with Paul McCartney

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Paul Mobley
Cheech & Chong are still on top of the comedy scene after all these years.

The last true carryovers from the counterculture will bring their time-tested comedy and musical routine to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 12. Cheech & Chong are as entertaining and relevant as ever -- even though the taboo nature of marijuana has significantly dissipated. Fans can expect the Cheech & Chong they have grown to love, but they also should be ready for some new material from the duo.

There are few entertainers who can say their act has truly appealed to every new generation over a 40-year span, but Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong's fame has remained a staple in pop culture from their original films and albums to projects like Nash Bridges and That '70s Show. Jackalope Ranch recently spoke with Chong about the swirling rumors of a new movie in the works, what is left on his bucket list (spoiler alert: he wants to get high with Paul McCartney), and legalizing his favorite plant.

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Mike Kennedy: 2014 Big Brain Awards Finalist, Performing Arts (VIDEO)

Katie Johnson
Mike Kennedy performing at Stand Up Scottsdale in March.
You submitted nominations for awards given to the Valley's emerging creatives and the results are in. Introducing our 2014 Big Brain finalists.

Leading up to the Big Brain Award announcement and Artopia on April 25, Jackalope Ranch and Chow Bella will introduce the finalists. Up today: Mike Kennedy.

Mike Kennedy is too pretty for Tent City. At least, that's how sells it on stage, in between telling tales of ecstasy-fueled orgies in Reno, getting a DUI on national television, and relating to his half-Hispanic teenage daughter.

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10 Reasons Why We Love Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer is taking her Backdoor Tour to Celebrity Theatre tomorrow night. And if you haven't already shelled out $38.50 for the 8 p.m. show, you might want to get on that.

The unfiltered, unapologetic comedienne of all things sexual and unspoken has quickly become one of the most talked about acts in stand-up. From her debut appearance on NBC's Last Comic Standing in 2007 to the second season return of her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, in 2014, here are the top 10 things we wave come to love about the woman whom (by her own account) "you'd have sex with . . . but you wouldn't blog about it."

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The Sickie Bunch from The [SIC] [sic] [∞] Sense: Perfectly Repulsive

courtesy of The [SIC] Sense
The setup: For The [SIC] Sense's third show in its new home in the Basement Theatre at Phoenix Center for the Arts, the sketch comedy troupe takes a break from transitioning new cast members in and welcomes back Kristie Cowles, a one-woman ninja patrol of comic anarchy. About half of the sketches are about some kind of sex (sometimes it's hard to tell), and while that alone doesn't make the show inappropriate for children, it's promoted as containing "adult themes," and parenthood is challenging enough without explaining, any sooner than you have to, women with fake penises (let alone real ones) hanging out of their jeans or how to play Fuck, Marry, or Kill.

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Comedian Andy Kindler Calls Arizona SB 1062 "the Bill That Allows You to Knock Old Ladies Down in the Street for Religious Reasons"

Categories: Comedy

Susan Maljan
Andy Kindler performs at Stand Up Scottsdale Thursday, March 13, through Saturday, March 15.
Andy Kindler speaks his mind, often at length and with great detail. "I'm famous for my long-winded responses," the comedian, known for his recurring roles on Bob's Burgers, Wizards of Waverly Place, Everybody Loves Raymond, says laughing.

Kindler is a stand-up vet. A joke-teller for nearly three decades, he often takes on the role of comedy's Jiminy Cricket. His annual state of the industry addresses have found him addressing Louis C.K. (whose show, Louie, isn't one of his favorites) and Adam Carrola ("He's like Hitler if Hitler wasn't funny"). Kindler took some time to answer a few questions for Jackalope Ranch via hands-free while driving in Los Angeles in advance of his dates this week at Stand-Up Scottsdale.

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Whitney Cummings on Boyfriend Screwups, Her Next Special, and Ruining Valentine's Day

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Whitney Cummings is at Stand Up Live February 14 through 16.

"It's like we're kittens in lion costumes." That's how Whitney Cummings describes the one part vulnerability to two parts adrenaline that is stand-up comedy. Like any good comedian, she brings her personal experiences to the stage, specifically the unspoken good, bad, and ugly of relationships.

As Cummings wraps up her latest comedy tour in preparation for her upcoming special, the writer, actress, and co-creator of CBS' 2 Broke Girls spoke with Jackalope Ranch about love, laughter, and her latest dating pet peeves.

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Bob Saget on Cuddling with John Stamos and Why He Isn't as Filthy as You Think

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As Danny Tanner on the family-friendly Full House and the host of YouTube predecessor America's Funniest Home Videos, Bob Saget spent much of the 1980s and '90s as America's dad -- a fun-loving 30-something with a knowing look and a smile. These days, the same 12-year-old girls who watched him weeknights on ABC have grown up, settling into seats at adult comedy clubs around the country, blushing while the quintessential single dad of their television youth turns blue in the face with line after line of naughty comedy.

Since his departure from the small screen, he's raised his own daughters, written a memoir -- the forthcoming Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, due in April from HarperCollins -- and starred in two comedy specials, including the Grammy-nominated That's What I'm Talking About, featuring conversations about what's in his pants and, more often than not, what the audience is packing. He returns to the Valley to do much of the same this weekend, honing new material with four shows at Stand Up Live in downtown Phoenix.

The 57-year-old comedian called us from his home in Los Angeles to discuss at length his father, Dave Coulier's flatulence, and why Saget isn't as filthy as they want you to think he is.

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Phoenix Improv Festival 2014 Announced for April

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Better call a doctor, 'cause you're gonna be in stitches. Or, wait, no. You'll need stitches from the doctor because... because of side-splitting laughter. There we go. For all that to happen and for some well-constructed jokes from folks who know what they're doing, head to the Phoenix Improv Festival. The three-day comedy spectacle returns to Herberger Theater Center this April, and its lineup is jam-packed with jokesters from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, and, Phoenix.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Sasheer Zamata

Robyn Von Swank
Sasheer Zamata is coming to SNL.

Comedian Sasheer Zamata will join Saturday Night Live this month as the show's newest featured player, making her the show's first black female cast member since 2007.

Her midseason addition follows SNL's search for a black woman to join the cast this winter. The long-running show came under fire after unveiling all-white cast additions last fall, cast member Kenan Thompson told TV Guide that black women weren't on SNL because those who auditioned were not ready to be on the show, and Lorne Michaels told the Associated Press, "You don't do anyone a favor if they're not ready." The show's lame attempt to make fun of its lack of a black female cast member didn't really help matters.

Needless to say, the quick change of tune and "secret" auditions felt a little gross.

Regardless, we can't wait to see what Zamata brings to the show. Here's what you need to know about her.

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10 Best Comedian Interviews of 2013

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Courtesy of Doug Stanhope
Doug Stanhope is Arizona's darkest comedian.

Jackalope Ranch interviewed a slew of comedians in 2013. Here are the 10 best talks we had with some of the world's funniest folks.

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