At 70, comedy icon Cheech Marin revisits his intoxicating journey from South Central to superstardom

On the cover of his just-published memoir “Cheech Is Not My Real Name … But Don’t Call Me Chong,” comedy and pot culture icon Robert Anthony Marin is smashing a piñata caricature of his old stoner stage persona — the hapless Mexican hippy with an oversized mustache exploding in a shower of lollipops, Chiclets and big fat doobies. The live-action Cheech, now 70, has a lot less hair but a lot more joy on his face. Dave’s not here, man. “It’s just to break out of that stereotypical image or thought of what I can or can’t do in...

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