A marijuana plant flourishes under grow lights at a warehouse in Denver in October 2010. (Ed Andrieski, Associated Press file)

Sam Tallent: Comedians can’t be too stoned to perform

Stand-up comedian Sam Tallent hadn’t originally been scheduled to perform at a 4/20 stoner holiday event at the Oriental Theater in Denver, but he stepped in when comedy duo and noted weed enthusiasts The Lucas Brothers pulled the ultimate no-call, no-show after getting too high before their set in Denver.

“I was there hanging out there and lurking, because I knew that green room was going to be stacked with just weed, all kinds weed,” Tallent says, adding that it was indeed overflowing with every imaginable flower, edibles and dabs.

When it became clear that the Lucas Brothers had bailed, Tallent was asked to perform a 12-minute set. “Here’s the thing,” he says. “I ate, like, 700 milligrams of weed. I was blasting hash dabs in the back…luckily, my head did not explode there on that show; I was able to keep it together.”

Tallent says he doesn’t want to disparage the Lucas Brothers too much, but he adds that comedians shouldn’t put themselves out there as stoner performers if they aren’t able to back it up: “If you’re too high to do stand-up, then what the hell are you talking about?”

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