Finally browsing through the current L.A. Weekly, I admit that with a snicker and a shiver I hurried on past the page-six Scientology ads fronted by The Simpsons’ Nancy Cartwright and King of Queens’ Leah Remini hawking respective seminars at the church’s Franklin Avenue Celebrity Center on “Making It In Voiceovers” and “Making It In the Industry” (no doubt with L. Ron & Co.’s help, of course).
But much deeper into this issue I just couldn’t make as quick a getaway from the promo for some sort of performance at the Wilshire Theatre February 26 by Tommy Chong cheesily headlined with “The legendary stoner’s busted out and we’ve got him!” Titled The Marijuana Logues and billed as Tommy’s “first gig since leaving the joint,” I’m not sure what to expect… especially since the ad credits three writers, none being Chong. Is it an in-his-own-words affair dealing with his arrest, trial and nine-month incarceration for the heinous crime of making and selling bongs on John Ashcroft’s watch? Or perhaps we’re to be treated to an evening of silly songs and sketches celebrating who he was, is, and shall now become. Hey man… part of me would love to go cheer him on for emerging from such an overkill of an ordeal with the ability to toke and joke about it, but then again tix are only available through Ticketbastard. Convenience fee, my ass.