Marijuana and stand up comedy go together like setups and punchlines. Back in the 70’s, George Carlin and Cheech and Chong were perhaps the biggest advocates of cannabis-infused comedic lifestyles, but folks like Steve Martin had a few jokes in his act. The 80’s? Not so much. Reagan’s drug war kinda put the kibosh on the pot jokes for a bit. In the 90’s however, cannabis humor made a gigantic comeback. Dave Chappelle, Doug Benson, and other folks brought pot back to the mainstream consciousness. Here in the 21st century, there are more than a few comics that talk about the joys, highs and lows of getting stoned and cannabis culture. Here are some of my favorite cuts:
This “Renaissance Nerd” is not only a great standup, he also writes for Marvel Comics (Deadpool) and has a great podcast (http://www.earwolf.com/show/nerd-poker/). Here he is with a story about smoking weed in Portland:
This guy has quickly become America’s favorite Philosopher-Uncle. He just released a new comedy special (https://www.louisck.net/purchase/live-at-the-comedy-store) This is a clip from about 4 years ago. You ever get too high? Louis has:
He’s just funny. No one else has his energy or style. Here he talks about the benefits of weed in general:
Ngaio Bealum ( www.twitter.com/ngaio420)has been a marijuana activist for more than 20 years. He’s also, really really funny. And good looking. And an amazing lover that can be very discrete if you’d like, yet haunt your dreams. Here he is talking about weed and parenting:
And here he is chopping it up with Doug Benson on an episode of “Getting Doug With High”:
Was he a comedy Genius? Visionary? Bad Ass? yes. The legend of Bill Hicks has only grown in the years since his death. I got to see him perform live twice and it changed my perception of stand up comedy. Here he is breaking down the difference between marijuana and alcohol:
Cheech and Chong
Two of the best ever. Did these guys invent the modern stoner stereotype? Does Pinocchio have wooden balls, man? This is from of their funniest movies, Up in Smoke:
Come on, son. We’re talking about the star of Half Baked. In this clip, Dave talks about weed, booze, cops and white privilege. It’s masterful.
Garfunkel and Oates
It’s so easy to get a medical marijuana recommendation in California, they wrote a song about it.
Bonus Clip- Steve Agee
This Sarah Silverman Show veteran tells good story about stoner epiphanies.
Let me know your favorite weed clips in the comments! We can make another list.