Adam Kay
Adam Kay

Adam Kay

  • 41 years-old
  • British
  • Writer and musical comedian

Known for: This Is Going To Hurt (Writer), Crims (Writer), Mrs. Brown's Boys (Script Editor)

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Adam Kay is a British comedian, comedy writer, and former doctor. He is best known as the author of the bestselling book This Is Going To Hurt, about his experiences as a junior doctor, to be adapted into an 8-part BBC Two comedy-drama, This Is Going To Hurt. He has also written scripts for Mrs. Brown's Boys, Mongrels, Watson & Oliver, The Now Show, and Very British Problems, and co-created BBC Three sitcom Crims.

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Thursday 12th June 1980


Adam Kay is an extremely versatile comedy writer and performer, whose work spans narrative and sketch for TV, stage and radio including BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, Radio 4 and Channel 4.

He also works as a script editor and gag writer, and collaborates with a number of well-known comedy acts. Recent credits include his original comedy series, Crims, co-written with Dan Swimer, for the BBC, Very British Problems, Flat TV, Up The Women and Mongrels and is also a regular voice on The Now Show.

Adam started out life as a doctor, but after his medical career, he swapped his white coat for a microphone. He fronted the popular musical comedy act Amateur Transplants, whose iconic London Underground Song had over 10 million hits on iTunes and lead to four number one albums in the iTunes comedy charts.

With sell-out tours and sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe seasons, his cutting-edge, dark humour has gained him a cult following throughout the UK. Picador approached Adam about turning his show 'Fingering A Minor On the Piano' - Adam's darkly humorous re-imaginings of modern day pop and rock classics with a deeply confessional look back on his former life as an obstetrician and gynecologist, with a stark and deeply moving climax, into a book, to detail his experiences, and so his first tome was born; 'This Is Going To Hurt', which was published in September '17.

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

The book has topped the Sunday Times number one bestseller list since published, sold 800K copies, and has been translated into twenty five languages, also winning numerous awards, including Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year, Non fiction Book of the Year & Readers Choice Award at the BAMB Readers Awards, and the Blackwells Debut Book of the Year.

'This is Going to Hurt', his re-branded live show based on his medical diaries was an absolute sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016, 2017, and at the ICC in 2018, and at the Soho Theatre for a month-long, twice-extended run.

The book is also set to be adapted into a major new eight-part comedy-drama in 2019, produced by Sister Pictures and commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two.

Adam is also a commercials writer - Copywriting, script editing and gag passes on numerous TV and radio commercials for brands such as Warburtons, Virgin, Anchor, Aegon, Walkers, Nationwide and Winner Bingo. Adam is a features writer for Cosmopolitan magazine, writing humorous, medical articles.

Adam Kay is a consummate Corporate performer, having entertained at too many private events to mention, including Prince Harry's 30th birthday at Buckingham Palace, Deloitte, The British Medical Association, Soho House, and Imperial College, to name just a few. His wealth of experience in the corporate sector, along with his smash hit book, makes him perfect for events - a comedian who is passionate and hugely knowledgeable about his subject matter, whilst unfailingly funny about it

His material is again, extremely versatile, and can be clean, if preferred.


Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (Lollies) 2022
Books for 9-13-year-olds: Nominee
British Book Awards 2021
Book of the Year: Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction: Nominee
New York Festivals Radio Awards 2021
Best Audio Book - Children's: Nominee
Chortle Awards 2018
Book Award: Nominee


Year Production Role
2022 This Is Going To Hurt Announced Creator
2022 This Is Going To Hurt Announced Executive Producer
2022 This Is Going To Hurt Announced Writer
2020 The Russell Howard Hour - Series 4
  1. Special - Highlights Special
2019 Adam Kay: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas Self
2019 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 15
  1. E12 - Andy Murray, Luke Evans, Adam Kay, Desiree Burch, Stormzy
2019 Live @ The RSC Self
2019 Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) Self
2019 Marlowe Comedy Weekender Self
2019 Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt (Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor) LIVE Self
2018 Joe Lycett's Obsessions - Series 1
  1. E3 - Episode Three
2018 Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) Self
2018 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 15 (Channel 4: Series 16)
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
2018 The Now Show - Series 52 Guest
2017 The Russell Howard Hour - Series 1
  1. Special - Russell Howard Christmas Special
2017 Bounty Hunters - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Writer (Additional Material)
2017 The Russell Howard Hour - Series 1
  1. E2 - Episode Two
2017 The Remains of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay) Self
2017 Adam Kay - Fingering A Minor on the Piano Self
2016 Mrs. Brown's Boys - Christmas 2016
  1. Special - Mammy's Forest
  2. Special - Chez Mammy
Script Editor
2016 The Now Show - Series 49 Writer
2016 The Now Show - Series 49 Self
2016 Our Ex-Wife Writer (Additional Material)
2016 The Remains of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay) Self
2016 Adam Kay - Fingering A Minor on the Piano Self
2016 Very British Problems - Series 2 Writer (Additional Material)
2016 Flat TV - Series 1 Writer (Additional Material)
2015 Very British Problems - Very British Problems At Christmas Writer (Additional Material)
2015 The Now Show - Series 45 Writer
2015 The Now Show - Series 45 Self
2015 Crims Writer
2013 The Cariad Show Composer
2013 Musical Comedy Awards Showcase Self
2013 Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay Is Going For A Number One Self
2013 Adam Kay: How to Be a Bogus Doctor Self
2013 Up The Women - Series 1 Writer (Additional Material)
2012 Musical Comedy Awards Showcase Self
2012 Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay's Bum Notes Self
2011 Musical Comedy Awards Showcase Self
2011 Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay's Smutty Songs Self
2010 Amateur Transplants: In Theatre Self

Non-comedy TV and film credits may be found here:
Adam Kay on IMDb

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