Toon Askew

Filmmaker Kevin Smith has spent nearly 20 years intermittently donning the trenchcoat of his on-screen avatar, Silent Bob. Smith and his real-life pal Jason Mewes, a.k.a. mouthy stoner Jay, gear up again, bringing their crosscountry tour behind their newest adventure to the East Valley Thursday, September 12.

Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie is the latest revisit of the Jersey-based dynamic duo first introduced in the 1994 indie film hit Clerks. Adapted from the real-life Smith-penned comic book Bluntman & Chronic, the convenience store loiterers win the lottery and become weed-themed superheroes. In contrast to the man of few words that he portrays, Kevin Smith has the gift of gab, both in his ability to spin yarns effortlessly and in spearheading his own podcasting network. Smith and Mewes will navigate fan queries during a post-movie podcast recording.

Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie is at the Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive, starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $35. To purchase tickets and for more information, call 480-921-9877 or visit

Thu., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., 2013