Kelly & Michael: Alan Cumming Club Cumming + Not My Father’s Son

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Kelly & Michael: Alan Cumming Club Cumming

Scottish stage and screen actor Alan Cumming, who’s on The Good Wife, came by to talk to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan about his new memoir Not My Father’s Son. I think he’s really talented and interesting, so I was really excited for this interview. He was on the cover of the Style section of The New York Times this weekend with a really interesting story.

Kelly & Michael: Alan Cumming Club Cumming + Not My Father's Son

Alan Cumming came by to talk to Kelly & Michael about “Club Cumming” and his memoir ‘Not My Father’s Son.’ (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

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He has something called “Club Cumming.” It’s his dressing room/party room backstage at Cabaret. He even has a neon sign that says “Club Cumming.” Charities have actually been calling him up and going on Twitter to see if they can auction off a trip to Club Cumming. That’s awesome. It’s become a real thing. I’d love to go to Club Cumming. Tonight’s soup night. How big is his dressing room? Not that big, but he can fit a lot of people in there and it spills onto the stairs. He has a crock-pot that he makes his soup in and there’s a bar. It sounds like so much fun.

Kelly & Michael: Alan Cumming Selfies

Cumming’s the king of the selfie. He took some backstage at the Tonys. One was with Neil Patrick Harris seconds before they went live.

Kelly & Michael: Cabaret

Cumming’s starring in Cabaret 16 years after he started in Cabaret. He signs autographs and people tell him they were 12 the first time they saw him or they were too young to see him last time, and he gets a little annoyed. I saw him and he was absolutely amazing.

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Kelly & Michael: Not My Father’s Son Review

Cumming wrote Not My Father’s Son. It’s funny, sad, and brutally honest. Four years ago Cumming did the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? and he found out his grandfather died in Malaysia playing Russian Roulette. Then before they started filming, his father, who he hadn’t seen in years because he’s a bad guy, came and told his brother to tell him he wasn’t his son. The book’s about that summer and about his childhood. It’s all about how you can overcome some horrible things. It’s very violent, but it’s great for him to say that you can overcome things. It gives people hope.

Dealing with his dad’s abuse actually taught him how to act because he’d go in the room and had to judge what kind of mood he was in and what was going on. He’d have to hide his feelings. He realized later that many of the stories he was writing about were early lessons in acting. He said you could tell it was going to be a bad day. The book does have a happy ending though. Not My Father’s Son is available now.

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