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Adam Kay


Adam Kay

Awards & competitions

Adam Kay

Appearances & credits

Adam Kay


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.

"filthy at best, depraved at worst, and great guilty fun"
– ★★★★ Telegraph


"viscerally raw and passionately delivered"
– ★★★★ ½ Chortle


Adam started out life as a doctor, but after a brief 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. Adam has four number one albums in the iTunes comedy charts, and won a 2014 London Cabaret Award. He remains a medical expert, and has written textbooks in the field of women’s health as well as numerous medical features for Cosmopolitan.

"sharp, snappy and brilliantly rude"
– ★★★★★ Cosmopolitan


"bracingly intelligent… enormous fun"
– ★★★★ The Times


Adam is a festival stalwart, creating and performing two critically acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016, which returned by public huge demand in 2017 ; Fingering a Minor on the Piano and The Remains of Tom Lehrer. The former couples 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.

"fast-paced, filthy and incredibly funny; you couldn’t ask more from the Fringe"
– ★★★★★ Three Weeks


"well written, fantastically performed,beautifully conceived – a hilarious, filthy show that will titillate and entertain"
– ★★★★★ Broadway Baby


"a brilliant hour of comedy and song, with an unexpected punch in the heart"
– Graham Norton


With sell-out tours and sell-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons, his cutting-edge, darkly humorous re-imaginings of modern day pop and rock classics have gained him a cult following throughout the UK. Picador approached Adam about turning 'Fingering A Minor On the Piano' into a book, to detail his funny and sad experiences, and so his first tome was born; 'This Is Going To Hurt', which was published in September '17. Its the current Sunday Times number one bestseller, a position it has held for over two months. Since publication it has been translated into twenty languages, and won numerous awards, including Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year. TIts available to order, here

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

“Laugh out loud funny, and heartbreakingly sad” – Jonathan Ross


“Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable” – Stephen Fry


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

"Hilarious! Absolutely brilliant!"
– HRH Prince William


"The best act we have ever booked; his material, stage persona, delivery was excellent and, if we had been able to do another hour then the audience would have welcomed him with open arms… a consummate professional with clever material delivered on the nail, absolutely faultless"
– Nik Hill, Gloucester Rugby Club


"Adam has the instant ability to render hardened military senseless with laughter"
– Alastair Richards, British Army


"please thank Adam for his outstanding contribution for the Royal Society of Medicine and London Clinic '2018 London Clinic lecture'. The lecture was thoroughly enjoyed by over 300 attendees, and it was such an entertaining and engaging evening! It was an honour for us that Adam took the time to come to the RSM"
– Royal Society of Medicine



  • Short listed - Best Biography - Esquire - 2018
  • Short listed - Adult - IBW Book Award - 2018
  • Short listed - Best First Biography Prize - Slightly Foxed - 2018
  • Short listed - Non-fiction Narrative Book of the Year - British Book Awards - 2018
  • Nominee - Best Comedy Book - Chortle Awards 2018
  • Winner - Debut Book of the Year - Blackwells - 2017
  • Shortlist - Non Fiction Award - BAMB Readers Awards - 2017
  • Winner - Readers Choice Award - BAMB Readers Awards - 2017
  • Winner - Book of the Year - iBooks - 2017
  • Winner - Best Humour Book of the Year - The Sunday Times - 2017
  • Winner - London Cabaret Awards - 2014

Appearances & credits


  • Latitude Festival, Henley Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Petworth Festival


  • Jonathan Ross Show - BBC Radio Two, 2017
  • BBC Radio Four, 2017
  • BBC Radio Five, 2017
  • The Now Show - recurring contributor

Television & film:

  • BBC Breakfast - BBC1, 2017
  • The Russell Howard Hour - Sky One, 2017
  • The Culture Show - BBC2, 2016

Currently appearing at:

  • Festivals, Corporate events and Shows, On Tour nationwide

Writing credits

  • This is Going to Hurt - Panmacmillan - 2017
  • Very British problems - Series Writer, Julie Walter's script - Alaska, 2016
  • Mrs Brown's Boys - Script Editor - BBC1, 2016
  • Our Ex Wife - Additional Writer - BBC2, 2016
  • Changing Channels - Writer - BBC3, 2016
  • Plebs - Writer - ITV2, 2015
  • Flat TV - Script Editor - BBC3, 2015
  • Very British Problems at Christmas - Writer, Julie Walter's script - Alaska, 2015
  • Chris (Simpsons Artist) - Writer - BBC3, 2015
  • Milton Jones Pilot - Script Editor - BBC Studios, 2015
  • Crims - Series Writer / Creator - BBC3, 2014
  • Mitchell & Webb - Additional Writer - Radio 4, 2014
  • Mongrels - Writer - BBC3, 2014
  • Up the Women - Writer - BBC4, 2014
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