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Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

Narrated by: Alan Cumming
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Our favorite moments from Legal Immigrant

"I’m Alan Cumming. I’m a legal immigrant."
Alan explains becoming a citizen because he wanted to vote.
Alan talks TV and gun stances.

  • Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
  • "I’m Alan Cumming. I’m a legal immigrant."
  • Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
  • Alan explains becoming a citizen because he wanted to vote.
  • Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
  • Alan talks TV and gun stances.

About the Creator and Performer

Alan Cumming has performed with Jay-Z and Liza with a Z; he has won a Tony, hosted the Tonys, and been nominated for an Emmy for doing so. He has a soap called Cumming in a Bar, and a bar called Club Cumming. He made back-to-back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He has played God, the Devil, Hitler, the Pope, a teleporting superhero, Hamlet, all the parts in Macbeth, General Batista of Cuba, a goat opposite Sean Connery, Dionysus, a Smurf (twice) the EmCee in Cabaret (thrice), a James Bond baddie—oh, and political spinmeister Eli Gold on seven seasons of The Good Wife for which he received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG award nominations. He is the author of five books including a #1 New York Times best-selling memoir. He plays the first ever gay leading role on an US network drama, CBS’s Instinct. He appeared on Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, topless in Playgirl, and naked on the cover of his second album.

He has received over 40 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, three honorary doctorates, both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland, and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGTQIA+ equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014.

He has sung in concert halls across the globe including the Sydney Opera House, the London Palladium, the Hollywood Bowl, and Carnegie Hall, and Billboard said of his last concert tour Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, "he's an icon to behold—he is unapologetically himself, and with a talent like that, he has no need to apologize."

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Get it. Get it.

Thank you Audible, for recording the cabaret 'Legal Immigrant' by the genius Alan Cumming. As I don't live in the USA, this is the only way I can enjoy this wonderful cabaret.
It is everything I thought it would be: smart, hilarious, thought-provoking, insightful and hopeful.

It's very interesting to hear about the situation with immigrants in America, and the bonus at the end of the show gives a better point of view of the situation for people who are not Americans, like me. It made me realize how the "American Dream" I was told about as a little girl is very different today.

I could listen to Alan Cumming talk for hours, I love his insights about life, culture and human behavior in general. And here I have 2 hours of Alan Cumming talking and singing! Ah, my heart is joyful.
A highlight for me was the song 'Caledonia', which completely melted my heart, it made me think "oh, it can't get any better than this".
But then Alan Cumming and his perfect musical band play 'Hymn to Love'.
And now my heart is full.

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I haven’t laughed so hard in FOREVER!

I adore Alan Cumming and this does not disappoint. It IS a stage performance with singing, stories and comedy, so there are a few sight gags that the listener may only get in their imagination, but Alan paints such vivid pictures that I didn’t miss them.
Thank you!!

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Absolutely Wonderful!

When I saw this on Audible I downloaded without really knowing what it was. It's Alan Cumming; of course it will be awesome. Not only does he talk about his experiences as immigrant to America, he SINGS. This his cabaret show. Funny, sometimes serious, just absolutely wonderful.

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There is a lot of singing in this “book”.

I knew this was set in a Cabaret, and that it was the recording of his performance one night, but I didn’t think half the book would be taken up by songs and relentless mentions of his band mates.

I had the impression it would be more memoir, less nightclub.

It got to the point where I stated skipping the songs. So, if you want to hear lots of singing, get it, if you are hoping for a brief memoir, skip it.

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Reflection on current times

Really liked it. As a legal immigrant myself, I can relate to the content and intent of the author. the interview section is spot on to describe that even when legally authorized to enter the country, there's a lot of arbitrary mechanisms that could be used by ill intentioned individuals in power to deny entry into the country - throwing one's life and family into jeopardy and uncertainty. One must appreciate the thoughtful roots of this work and I'm glad I could partake.

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Just as good [better?] than his live show

Alan Cumming is entertaining, the music is enjoyable, and the story of so many immigrants and how much they love their new country is delivered wonderfully. We saw the show in Troy months ago, and I was struck then at how much Alan Cumming loves America--- and also loves his birth country.

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  • 12-02-19

Anecdotes & Songs, not a story, but that's OK!

a bunch of anecdotes & songs delivered on a stage to a live studio audience. so not a book but the anecdotes are as good as most star-studded biographies. not a musical fan, more a fan of Alan's from his movie/tv work, but he has a stellar voice, some great accompaniment so I was able to enjoy the majority of the songs regardless. Like anything Alan does - full of heart.