Adam Kay (writer)

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Adam Kay
Born (1980-06-12) 12 June 1980 (age 37)

Adam Kay (born 12 June 1980) is a British comedy writer and performer. Television writing credits include Crims, Mrs. Brown's Boys and Mitchell and Webb and as a performer he is best known as frontman of musical comedy act Amateur Transplants.



Kay trained as a doctor, where he started performing in medical school shows in 1998.[1] Whilst at medical school, he founded the musical comedy group Amateur Transplants and wrote for BBC Radio 4.[2] Kay worked for a number of years as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, writing textbooks on the subject,[3] before leaving medicine for a career in writing. He continues to write humorous medical features for magazines such as Cosmopolitan.[4]


Kay is writer and co-creator of 2015 BBC Three sitcom series Crims - along with Grandma's House writer Dan Swimer.[5] 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, Mitchell and Webb and Child Genius.[2] His first book, This is Going to Hurt, about Kay's former career as a doctor will be published by Picador in September 2017.[6]


Kay has sold out six years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe[7] and also had sell-out nationwide UK tours.[8] He performs regularly at music festivals including Latitude,[9] and academic events such as Cheltenham Literature Festival.[10] Private events Kay has performed include Prince Harry's 30th birthday party.[11] Kay won Best Musical Variety Act at the 2014 London Cabaret Awards.[12] He performs songs on the topical BBC Radio 4 series The Now Show.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Kay is openly gay,[14] and was voted in Pink News' top 50 most influential LGBT Twitter users.[15] He lives in Chiswick, London, with his partner, the television producer James Farrell.[16]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Medicine Unboxed. "Speakers at Medicine Unboxed" Archived 29 June 2013 at, 1 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b Curtis Brown Talent Agency. "Curtis Brown Talent Agency, Adam Kay". As of April 2017
  3. ^ Amazon "Rapid Obstetrics and Gynaecology". 16 November 2011.
  4. ^ Cosmopolitan. "Dr Adam Kay - What your vagina wishes it could tell you". 27 December 2013.
  5. ^ BBC Press Office. "BBC Three announces new comedy commissions". 20 March 2014.
  6. ^ Picador. "Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt to be published by Picador". 3 February 2017.
  7. ^ Chortle Review. "Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay's Smutty Songs". 9 August 2011.
  8. ^ Bound & Gagged Comedy Promoters. "Adam Kay Biography" Archived 4 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. As of March 2013.
  9. ^ Latitude Festival. "2012 Latitude Line-up, Adam Kay"[permanent dead link]. 13 July 2012.
  10. ^ British Comedy Guide. "Edinburgh Fringe 2012, Adam Kay's Bum Notes". 1 August 2012
  11. ^ The Sun. "Swear to the crown". 19 September 2014
  12. ^ London Cabaret Awards. "Best Musical Variety Act 2014". 12 February 2014.
  13. ^ Now Show Homepage. "Series 45". 14 February 2015.
  14. ^ Swindon Theatres Interview Adam Kay
  15. ^ Pink News. "’s top 50 Twitter users influencing LGBT life in 2011". 31 December 2011.
  16. ^ "Adam Kay wishes us a very sweary Christmas". 11 December 2012.