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