Shelby Chong is an American comedian, actor, and producer, best known as the associate producer of the ‘Cheech & Chong’ film franchise. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Shelby was interested in comedy and acting ever since she was a child. As an adult, she started performing at local pubs and clubs as a stand-up comedian. She made her acting debut in the 1980 comedy film ‘Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie,’ which was the second feature film released by the famous comedy duo ‘Cheech & Chong.’ However, a few years before making her acting debut, Shelby had already married one half of the duo, Tommy Chong. She then appeared in the comedy film ‘Nice Dreams.’ She was also the associate producer of many of the duo’s films, such as ‘Still Smokin’.’ In the mid-1990s, she quit acting and started her stand-up comedy career alongside her husband, Tommy, who had separated from his long-time comedy partner, Cheech Marin. She opened her husband’s stand-up routines during this time and, somehow, created a separate fan base for herself. She is also a strong supporter of the “legalize marijuana” campaign that has been active in the US for decades now.
Childhood & Early Life
Shelby Chong was born Shelby Fiddis, in Los Angeles, California, on February 1, 1948. Since she was born in the city of Hollywood and amidst the American entertainment world, she was interested in becoming an actor ever since she was a kid. However, as she grew up, she started doing stand-up comedy and performed at many clubs in Los Angeles.
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Her dreams of becoming an actor came to life when she married actor and comedian Tommy Chong, who was one half of the highly successful comedy duo ‘Cheech & Chong.’ Shelby started her acting career in 1980, with a role in the film ‘Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie.’ The film was directed by her husband, Tommy, and was the second installment in the ‘Cheech & Chong’ film franchise.
The film featured Shelby in the small role of ‘Beautiful.’ Despite receiving positive reviews from critics, the film was not successful at the box office.
Shelby’s next role was that of a female body builder in the franchise’s next film, ‘Nice Dreams.’ The film was also directed by her husband. This time, it was a critical and commercial success. She then starred in another film in the series, titled ‘Things are Tough All Over,’ which was a commercial and critical failure.
Apart from playing small roles, she also took on the role of the associate producer for films such as ‘Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers’ and ‘Still Smokin’.’ Needless to say, her acting career could not really attain the success she had hoped to achieve.
In 1989, she earned a small role in the action–drama film ‘Tripwire,’ which was a major critical and commercial disaster. In 1990, she played a small role in the science-fiction comedy film ‘The Spirit of ’76,’ which was yet another failure at the box office.
In 1993, she played a small role in the horror film ‘Sandman.’ After that, she took a long hiatus from films. She made her acting comeback in 2002, with the film ‘High Times Potluck.’ The film featured her in an unnamed role.
The duo ‘Cheech & Chong’ had disbanded in 1985, and since then, Tommy had been working alone. In 1996, Shelby quit her acting career and embarked on a stand-up comedy career with her husband. She acted as Tommy’s opening act at his live shows and also became his comedy partner from 1996 to 2000.
After Cheech & Chong reunited in 2002, she started appearing as the duo’s opening act at their national and international shows. In 2008, when the duo embarked on a cross-country tour, Shelby served as their opening act. The tour was a success, with all the tickets selling out. Since 2010, she has been appearing in the comedy series ‘Just for Laughs.’
Family & Personal Life
Shelby Chong married Tommy Chong in 1975 in Los Angeles. It was Tommy’s second marriage. He had divorced his first wife, Maxine Sneed, in 1970.
Shelby and Tommy worked together after they got married. They have three children of their own: Paris, Gilbran, and Precious. They also adopted a child named Marcus.
Shelby and Tommy Chong have both been long-time supporters of the movement that advocates for making marijuana usage legal across the US. Shelby believes that marijuana has many health benefits and that the governments are probably not legalizing it because it would hamper their incomes generated through healthcare.
She once openly admitted that her husband Tommy Chong smokes a lot and loves getting “high.” She also thinks her husband has a great sense of humor when he is “high.”
Shelby has also been openly vocal about using ‘Botox’ for enhancing her looks. She claims she does it every few months.