Initially combining life as a junior doctor with his role in the musical comedy duo Amateur Transplants; Adam Kay has gone from the online hit London Underground song to become an acclaimed author. His debut book This is Going to Hurt has become an award winning best seller; translated into 20 languages and adapted for TV.
Adam Kay is a comedian, musician, writer and former junior doctor. He fronted the musical comedy act Amateur Transplants besides fellow doctor Suman Biswas. The pair became an online hit with their London Underground song, a parody of The Jam’s Going Underground. As well as reaching over four million downloads, the duo became a hit live act around the country.
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Adam Kay is winner of a record four National Book Awards besides many others: Book of the Year, Non Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year, Zoe Ball Book Club – Book of the Year, Blackwell’s Debut Book of the Year, Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year, iBooks Book of the Year, Esquire Book of the Year, Books Are My Bag Readers’ Award and Books Are My Bag Non Fiction Prize.
His first book, This is Going to Hurt, revisits his former career as a junior doctor. The book was an instant Sunday Times number one best seller and the best selling non-fiction title of 2018. It has spent nine months at number one in the charts, and over a year in the top ten, selling more than a million copies in the UK. This is Going to Hurt has been translated into 33 languages and achieved number one best seller status around the world.
Adam’s new book Twas the Night shift Before Christmas will be published by Picador in October 2019. Taking a peek behind the blue curtain at Christmas time.
TV & Film
Adam Kay is currently adapting This is Going to Hurt as a major comedy drama series for BBC2. Previous credits as a writer and script editor include: Mitchell & Webb, Very British Problems, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Crims (co-creator), Mongrels, Up The Women, Flat TV, Our Ex Wife, Bounty Hunters, Blind Date and Child Genius. Besides panel show and live writing for high profile comedians, TV ads in UK and US, and rewriting hit Broadway musicals for transfer to the West End. He also is a Sunday Times columnist.
As a solo act Adam has continued to perform at festivals and clubs around the UK. His comedy combines dark humour with unexpected insights into the world of healthcare and hospitals. He has been described as “bracingly intelligent and enormous fun” by The Times.
Adam Kay has also written for comedy shows across BBC TV and is a regular on Radio 4’s The Now Show. He’s also worked as an advertising copywriter and in medicine he has written professional texts, as well as acclaimed women’s health features for Cosmopolitan.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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