- 9th October: Adam Kay: Social media hides reality of parenthood, says writer and comedian (BBC)
- 27th September: Puffin signs eight-book deal with 'ultimate pairing' Adam Kay and Henry Paker (The Bookseller)
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 (43 years-old)
Adam Kay is a British comedian, author, and former doctor, whose father was also a doctor before him.
Kay began his career as a junior doctor, specialising as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, but left medicine for a career in comedy and writing. He wrote and co-created the BBC Three sitcom Crims, alongside Dan Swimer, and his other writing credits include Mitchell & Webb, Very British Problems, and Mrs Browns Boys, Mongrels, Watson & Oliver, Up The Women, and Flat TV.
Adam's first book, This Is Going To Hurt, is a collection of diary entries from his time as a junior doctor in the NHS. Published as a committed backlash to politicians who called doctors 'greedy' or ungrateful, Kay defends former colleagues across the nation who undergo gruelling and excessively lengthy shifts in the workplace, come rain or shine. It was the best-selling non-fiction title of 2018, has been translated into 36 languages across the globe, and with a total of 1.5 million copies sold, it is the best-selling e-book of all time. His second book, Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, was published in October 2019.
In 2019 Adam also adapted This Is Going To Hurt into a major BBC Two comedy-drama. He has sold out for six years running at the Edinburgh Fringe, and his engaging appearances on comedy sketch and panel shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Russell Howard Hour, in which he examines politics with an ease of wit and charm, have endeared him to the nation.
Kay also founded the musical group The Amateur Transplants, whose parodic song 'London Underground', set to the music of 'Going Underground' by The Jam, was a relatively early viral sensation in the UK in 2005.
- Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2023
- Best TV Drama (Winner)
- BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2023
- Writer: Drama (Winner)
- 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)
- Musical Comedy Awards 2010
- Main Prize (Nominee)
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