See the Cast of ‘Half Baked’ Then and Now
In 1998, a little stoner comedy by the name of ‘Half Baked’ was released and became an instant cult classic, still quoted by fans to this day. The film featured the comedic power of Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams, and many more in the story of a quartet of slacker friends who decide to get into the business of selling marijuana and unwittingly finds themselves in over their heads. 15 years later, we take a look back at the cast of the film and see what they’ve been up to since then.
Dave Chappelle, Thurgood Jenkins
Then: Comedian Dave Chappelle played lead character Thurgood, a “master of the custodian arts” who steals marijuana from the lab where he works with the intent to sell it and, well, buy more weed.
Now: Chappelle went on to have his own (sadly) short-lived series on Comedy Central called ‘The Chappelle Show.’ His struggles with the network led to a highly-publicized reclusive period, but he’s re-emerged in recent years to continue performing stand-up.
Jim Breuer, Brian
Then: Stand-up comedian and former ‘SNL’ star Jim Breuer played Brian, the hippie pothead friend who works in a record store.
Now: Breuer continues to perform stand-up, appeared in the recent films ‘Zookeeper’ and ‘Motorcity,’ and in 2010 he released a book titled ‘I’m Not High (But I’ve Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior).’
Guillermo Diaz, Scarface
Then: Guillermo Diaz played Scarface, whose name, obviously, was an homage to the famous Al Pacino film.
Now: Diaz has appeared on the television series ‘Weeds,’ ‘Scandal,’ and ‘No Ordinary Family.’
Harland Williams, Kenny Davis
Then: Comedian Harland Williams had previously appeared in the films ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘RocketMan’ before joining the cast of ‘Half Baked’ as Kenny, the most aloof stoner of the bunch.
Now: Williams provides the voice of Monster on the animated series ‘Robot and Monster.’ He also writes and illustrates a series of books for kids featuring a brontosaurus by the name of Lickety Split. His cousin is Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn, and together they perform in a hobby band called The Cousins.
Rachel True, Mary Jane Potman
Then: Rachel True played Mary Jane, Thurgood’s love interest who hates marijuana. She previously appeared in the films ‘The Craft’ and ‘Nowhere’ — the latter of which also starred Guillermo Diaz.
Now: True went on to star in the UPN sitcom ‘Half and Half’ from 2002 to 2006. She recently appeared in the films ‘Sugar Mommas’ and ‘Noah’s Ark: A New Beginning’ after taking a brief hiatus from acting.
Laura Silverman, Jan
Then: Laura Silverman, sister of comedian Sarah Silverman, played Jan, Brian’s pothead co-worker at the record store.
Now: Silverman went on to star in her sister’s Comedy Central series ‘The Sarah Silverman Program.’ She provides the voice of Ethel Rainicorn on ‘Adventure Time with Finn and Jake,’ and Andy Pesto on ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ and had a recurring role on ‘Nurse Jackie.’
Tommy Chong, Squirrel Master
Then: Comedy (and pot-smoking) legend Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong played Squirrel Master, the mysterious inmate who protects Kenny when he goes to prison.
Now: Chong reunited with Cheech Marin in 2008 and the two began touring together again. In 2012, they released an animated film titled ‘Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie.’ Chong also recently appeared on an episode of ‘Franklin and Bash.’
Willie Nelson, Historian Smoker
Then: Country music legend (and like Chong, another legendary pot-smoker) Willie Nelson played “Historian Smoker,” one of Thurgood’s clients.
Now: Nelson continues to tour with his band and has released well over 60 albums. He recently appeared in the indie film ‘When Angels Sing,’ and in 2012 he appeared in the William Morrow book ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.’
Jon Stewart, Enhancement Smoker
Then: Comedian Jon Stewart played “Enhancement Smoker,” the guy who thinks pot makes everything more enjoyable and intense, from movies to looking at dollar bills.
Now: Jon Stewart is the host of Comedy Central’s long-running news show ‘The Daily Show,’ and is currently filming his directorial debut, ‘Rosewater,’ based on a true story.
Steven Wright, The Guy on the Couch
Then: Known for his deadpan delivery, comedian Steven Wright played “The Guy on the Couch,” who mysteriously shows up at Thurgood’s pad and crashes there in the background on the couch through most of the film.
Now: Wright continues to perform and appears regularly on ‘The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.’ In 2011, he appeared as himself on an episode of ‘Louie.’