Adam Kay

Comedy writer and performer for TV, radio and theatre

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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 and other projects include work for Disney and Working Title Films. 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 "a profound, deeply personal story that successfully cuts to the heart of the subject matter" (The Skinny) and The Remains of Tom Lehrer "Silly, satirical and smutty – this is one show not to miss" (Reviews Hub).

He is currently writing his first book based on his experiences as a doctor in the NHS. This Is Going To Hurt will be published by Picador in September 2017.

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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Writer & Creator

Director Alex Winkler and Ben Kellett
  • Elis James
  • Kadiff Kirwan
  • Cariad Lloyd
  • Ricky Champ

    Original comedy series for BBC Three written with Dan Swimer about a young man sentenced to two years in a Young Offenders Institution

    BBC for BBC Three


  • Katy Wix
    Contributing sketch writers
    Roughcut TV for Channel 4
  • Lorna Watson
  • Ingrid Oliver
    Contributing sketch writers
    BBC 2

    Additional Writer

    Creator Julie Thacker Scully
    Producer James Farrell
    Director Ben Taylor

    Our Ex-Wife is created and written by former The Simpsons writer Julie Thacker Scully and stars Robert Webb as divorcee Jack 

    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
  • Katy Brand
  • Rufus Jones
  • Paul Kaye
  • Lucy Montgomery
    Additional writing on popular BBC comedy series




    Writer & Performer


    Radio 4 show featuring comedy sketches and satirical comments

    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

    Regular contributor to comic Fred MacAulay’s topical show. Running for 2011-2015. 

    Broadcaster BBC Radio Scotland



    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




    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


    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.