Adam Kay (writer)
Adam Kay, 2017
|Born||12 June 1980|
Adam Richard Kay (born 12 June 1980) is a British comedy writer, author, comedian and former doctor. His television writing credits include Crims, Mrs. Brown's Boys and Mitchell and Webb, and is best known as author of the number one bestselling book This is Going to Hurt.
Kay grew up in a Jewish household and with his father being a doctor, he describes becoming a doctor as being a default decision.
Kay trained as a doctor, where he started performing in medical school shows in 1998. Whilst at medical school, he founded the musical comedy group Amateur Transplants and wrote for BBC Radio 4. Kay worked for a number of years as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, writing textbooks on the subject, before leaving medicine for a career in writing.
Kay is writer and co-creator of 2015 BBC Three sitcom series Crims - along with Grandma's House writer Dan Swimer. Other television work as a writer and script editor includes Mrs. Brown's Boys, Mongrels, Watson & Oliver, Up the Women, Very British Problems, Flat TV, Our Ex Wife, Who is America?, Mitchell and Webb and Child Genius.
His first book, This is Going to Hurt, Kay's diaries from his former career as a doctor, were published by Picador in September 2017 and became an instant Sunday Times bestseller. The paperback edition was also an instant Sunday Times number one bestseller, a position it held for over five months. The book was very well received by critics, including in the literary pages of The Times, Financial Times, The Scotsman and The Daily Express. The book was awarded Blackwell's Debut Book of the Year 2017, Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year, and won both non-fiction book of the year and the overall prize in the 2017 Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards. It was nominated for Non-Fiction book of the year in the 2018 British Book Awards, won Esquire Book of the Year and was a selection of the Zoe Ball Book Club. It has been translated into 25 languages, achieving number one status internationally.
On 6 July 2018, the BBC announced that Kay would be adapting This Is Going to Hurt as an eight-part comedy-drama for BBC Two. It will be made by Sister Pictures and Kay will also be a co-executive producer. Each episode will be 45 minutes long.
Kay has sold out for six years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and also had sell-out nationwide UK tours. His 2018 tour of This is Going to Hurt sold out a season at the EICC, the largest venue of the Edinburgh Fringe and a week at the Garrick Theatre, before culminating in two shows at the Hammersmith Apollo. He performs regularly at music festivals including Latitude, and cultural events such as Cheltenham Literature Festival. Private events Kay has performed include Prince Harry's 30th birthday party. Kay won Best Musical Variety Act at the 2014 London Cabaret Awards and has been named by the Evening Standard as one of London's most influential people.
He has performed songs on the topical BBC Radio 4 series The Now Show and has appeared on numerous TV shows, such as the Russell Howard Hour on Sky One, BBC Breakfast, Lorraine, Peston on Sunday and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Kay is gay, and was voted in Pink News' top 50 most influential LGBT Twitter users. Kay attended Dulwich College before continuing his education at Imperial College School of Medicine. He lives in Chiswick, London, with his husband, Game of Thrones executive James Farrell.
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