Alan Cumming has a new role: immigration activist.

Alan Cumming has a new role: immigration activist.

Alan Cumming’s career has spanned four decades, on both stage and screen.

He’s written four books and owns a bar in the East Village. Despite his already-busy schedule, Cumming is ready to add a new job to this growing list: immigration activist.

The Scottish actor’s new cabaret “Legal Immigrant” features music and storytelling that explores his ten years as a U.S. citizen.

Bridget Read writes for Vogue:

On Madison Avenue, Legal Immigrant, which lists the ethnic homeland of each of its performers and of the composers of its songs, earned hearty claps for its more mainstream progressive politics (Donald Trump is bad), but only a sprinkling for its harder partisan lines (when Cumming referred to border detention centers as concentration camps, for example). “I’m quite good at comebacks to people,” Cumming said, when he receives the occasional heckle or hiss. “I can handle that. And I think it’s great for the audience to see, oh, there are Trump supporters over there. You are among us.”

Cumming is also involved with politics in other ways, and recently hosted a fundraiser for 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

What does he hope to convey with “Legal Immigrant”? And what does he feel the role of celebrity endorsement is in politics?

Produced by Arfie Ghedi

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