Adam Kay

Comedy writer and performer for TV, radio and theatre

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Biography

Adam is an award winning performer and comedy writer.

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 The Amateur Transplants, whose iconic London Underground Song had over 10 million hits on iTunes. The ATs have produced four number one albums in the iTunes comedy charts and were winners of the 2014 London Cabaret Awards.

His writing work spans film, TV, stage and radio and he alongside his narrative and sketch writing, Adam works as a script editor and gag writer.

His original comedy series, Crims, co-written with Dan Swimer, was broadcast on BBC3. He is currently working on a pilot with Sacha Baron Cohen's company Four By Two Films and a feature project.

Adam's two shows at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival were hugely successful: Fingering A Minor on the Piano 'ELECTRIFYING' (The Guardian) and The Remains of Tom Lehrer 'this is one show not to miss' (Reviews Hub).

His first book, This Is Going To Hurt, was published by Picador in 2017. Based on his experiences as a doctor in the NHS, the book opened at #3 in the Sunday Times Bestseller List. 

This made me very, very happy

Stephen Fry
on Amateur Transplants

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This piece has both brain and heart, as we learn, Kay is both clearly acquainted with both organs...a twist at the end uncovers the personal and sincere need for this show folded into a wider political context.

Sophie Shluger
The Skinny on Edinburgh 2016

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Stand up comedy, musical excellence and poetry combine to produce an extremely well-polished piece of musical comedy...your jaws will ache from laughing

Mark O'Neill
The Reviews Hub on Edinburgh 2016

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CV

Book

TV

Writer & Creator

Crims
6 x 30'
Director Alex Winkler and Ben Kellett
Starring
  • Elis James
  • Kadiff Kirwan
  • Cariad Lloyd
  • Ricky Champ
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    Original comedy series for BBC3 written with Dan Swimer about a young man sentenced to two years in a Young Offenders Institution. 

    BBC for BBC Three
     

    Writer

    Starring
  • Lorna Watson
  • Ingrid Oliver
  •  

    Contributing sketch writer. 

    BBC 2
     
    Starring
  • Katy Wix
  •  

    Contributing sketch writer. 

    Roughcut TV for Channel 4
     

    Additional Writer

    Starring
  • Len Goodman
  •  

    Additional material on a new game show hosted by Len Goodman.

    Panda Productions for BBC One
     
    Creator Julie Thacker Scully
    Producer James Farrell
    Director Ben Taylor
    Starring
  • Robert Webb
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    Comedy about a divorcee whose new relationship is threatened by his ex-wife. 

    BBC for BBC Two
     
    Creator Sam Leifer
    Writer Dan Swimer
     

    Co-written with Dan Swimer

    Rise Films for ITV2
     
    Creator Jessica Hynes
    Producer Emma Strain
    Director Christine Gernon
     

    BBC Comedy created by and starring Jessica Hynes. Nominated for Best Situation Comedy at the Writers Guild Awards 2014

    BBC for BBC Two
     
    Producer Stephen McCrum
    Starring
  • Katy Brand
  • Rufus Jones
  • Paul Kaye
  • Lucy Montgomery
  •  
    Additional writing on popular BBC comedy series
    BBC for BBC Three
     

    Theatre

    Writer & Performer & Creator

    Producer James Seabright Productions
     

    A new take on the satirical songbook of Tom Lehrer. 

    Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
     
    Producer James Seabright Productions
     

    A smash-hit comedy show about Adam's experiences as a junior doctor. 

    Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016/2017
     

    Radio

    Writer & Performer

     

    Radio 4 show featuring comedy sketches and satirical comments

    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
     

    Regular contributor to comic Fred MacAulay‚Äôs topical show. Running for 2011-2015. 


    Broadcaster BBC Radio Scotland
     

    Writer

     

    Topical radio show

    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
     

    Comedy sketch show, created by and starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb

    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
     

    Topical panel quiz show, taking its questions from the week's news stories

    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     

    Performer

    Other

    Writer & Performer & Creator

     

    Adam Kay created and performed two critically acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016; Fingering a Minor on the Piano and The Remains of Tom Lehrer.

     

    Writer

     

    Writer for series of animations based on the drawings of Chris (Simpsons Artist) - a popular cartoonist with over 500,000 Facebook fans for BBC Online

     
     

    Features writer for Cosmopolitan magazine writing humorous medical articles

     
     

    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