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Adam Kay


Adam Kay

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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


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.

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


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 2017.

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.

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


The book has topped the Sunday Times number one bestseller list since published, sold one million copies, and has been translated into thirty 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. Its available to order, here

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


“Finally a true picture of the harrowing, hilarious and ultimately chaotic life of the junior doctor in all its gory glory, dark comedy and unavoidable sadness. This is a very, very funny book anchored by the day to day grind and catastrophe which constitutes the life of a medic in the modern NHS” – Jo Brand




“Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . I howled, yelped and occasionally choked with laughter . . . It’s an invigorating addition to the vogue for medical memoirs” – The Times


'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, at the Soho Theatre for a month-long, twice-extended run, and for two shows at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

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


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


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.

"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



  • Winner - Book of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards - 2018
  • Winner - Golden Pan Award (over 1 million copies sold) - PanMacmillan - 2019
  • TIGTH - Sunday Times number one bestseller for over seven months (top ten for over ten months)
  • TIGTH - International number one bestseller - over one million copies sold
  • TIGTH - Being adapted as a major 8 x 45 minute comedy-drama for BBC Two
  • TIGTH - Translated into 30 languages
  • Winner - Non-Fiction Book of the Year - National Book Awards - 2018
  • Winner - New Writer of the Year - National Book Awards - 2018
  • Winner - Book of the Year - Zoe Ball Book Club - 2018
  • Nominee - Book of the Year - Chortle - 2018
  • Nominee - Book of the Year - Independent Book Week - 2018
  • Book of the Year selection in The Times, Guardian, Spectator, Daily Express, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday - 2018
  • Nominee - Best First Biography Prize - Slightly Foxed - 2018
  • 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
  • Nominee - Debut Book of the Year - Blackwells - 2017
  • Shortlist - Non Fiction Award - BAMB Readers Awards - 2017
  • Nominee - Childrens's 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, and many, many more


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

Television & film:

  • Cats Does Countdown - Channel 4, 2018
  • Zoe Ball Book Club - ITV, 2018
  • BBC Breakfast - BBC1, 2017
  • The Russell Howard Hour - Sky One, 2017
  • The Culture Show - BBC2, 2016

Currently appearing at:

  • Festivals, Corporate and private events, Tour Shows, Book Tours

Writing credits

  • Monthly columnist - The Sunday Times Magazine - 2019
  • 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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