Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson: ‘People say double acts are like marriage without the sex’

The actors recreate their Victor & Barry comedy duo – and recall their unique creative spark

Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson met at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1982. Together, they created Victor & Barry, a double act who became legends of the Scottish comedy scene. They went on to present several TV shows, and starred in the BBC sitcom The High Life, as two narcissistic air stewards. Appearing in series such as Catastrophe and EastEnders, Masson has since become a celebrated writer and performer for theatre and musicals, and is an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Meanwhile, Cumming’s career skyrocketed in the late 90s, with his Tony award-winning performance in the musical Cabaret on Broadway, before he starred in Spice World, Eyes Wide Shut and GoldenEye, and on stage in Macbeth and Bent. Cumming’s new memoir, Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life, is published by Canongate.

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