EIFF

Thursday 18 Jun 09

I'm in Edinburgh being a juror at the film festival. Last night the opening gala was 'Away We Go' and I went along to support my old friend Sam Mendes. John Krasinski, the star of the film, was also there. John and I have the same agent and so we've met at events like this over the last few years, and last night I took it upon myself to show him a good time in my homeland. Getting up to go to a 9am screening this morning was not pretty.

Last night I had one of those moments of uber-nostalgia, an almost out of body experience. We were at the after party at Teviot Row watching the guy who did the music for the film perform, and I remembered that I had performed on the same stage 25 years ago. 25. Twenty-five!!

It was 1984 and I was performing Victor and Barry with my friend Forbes Masson at the Harry Younger Hall as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We were asked to go and perform a couple of songs at the Fringe Club (where I was last night) as part of a best-of-the-fest evening, and we were really honoured. It was a huge deal. We'd had a pretty crappy review that week in the Scotsman (the festivalgoer's bible) so we decided to do a parody of the song 'You can thank your lucky stars' and call it 'We can thank you, Andrew Marr (for it was he, a lowly Scotsman political correspondent at the time) that you're not as smart as you'd like to think you are...'

Andrew Marr is now the pre-eminent British TV and radio political journalist. I wonder if he knows he was pilloried that night.

Like going back to your school as an adult and feeling it is all so much smaller than you remember, last night I looked at the stage and the ballroom and it seemed so much less scary and huge than it did a quarter of a century ago. But I felt really happy to have experienced that fear and excitement then, and the calm and the realisation that it's no big deal now. Of course, if I had had to go up on stage and perform I would have completely reverted to those feelings of my 19 year old self all those years ago.


I've been made an O.B.E.!

Friday 12 Jun 09

From the Queen's Birthday Honours List: O.B.E. : Alan Cumming. Actor, Producer and Presenter. For services to film, theatre and the arts and to activism for equal rights for the gay and lesbian community, USA.

"I am really shocked and delighted to receive this honour. I am especially happy to be honoured for my activism as much as for my work. 

The fight for equality for the LGBT community in the US is something I am very passionate about, and I see this honour as encouragement to go on fighting for what I believe is right and for what I take for granted as a UK citizen. Thank you to the Queen and those who make up her Birthday honours list for bringing attention to the inaction of the US government on this issue. It makes me very proud to be British, and galvanised as an American."


The Webby Awards

Wednesday 10 Jun 09

Last night I gave Lisa Kudrow a Webby Award for Outstanding Comedic Achievement. I love Lisa. We first worked together on Romy and Michele's high School Reunion in 1996 and most recently I guested on Web Therapy, her internet series, which is so brilliant and funny. I laughed lke a drain all day and I can't wait to see it.  Bravo Lisa.

Here I am giving it to her (as it were)...


What I can't live without in NYC!!

Monday 1 Jun 09

In my desperate desire to emulate Mama Rose from Gypsy, here I am once more pushing my dogs Honey and Leon into the spotlight, as they appear with me in a spot for LXTV in which I talk about some of the things in NYC I can't live without...

Watch it here



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