Adam Kay

British Comedian & Comedy Writer

Adam Kay is a British comedy writer, author, comedian and former doctor. His television writing credits include CrimsMrs. 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’s 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 The Sunday Times bestseller. The paperback edition was also an instant The Sunday Times number one bestseller, a position it held for over eight months and selling over one million copies. It was the book of the year in the UK’s 2018 National Book Awards.

The book was very well received by critics, including in the literary pages of The TimesFinancial TimesGuardianThe Scotsman and The Daily Express. In addition to book of the year, it also won at the National Book Awards in the categories of Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year and Book Club Book of the Year. It was also 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 28 languages, achieving number one status internationally. It was the UK’s second-best selling book of 2018.

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 is an established screenwriter, having written and co-created 2015 BBC Three sitcom series Crims – along with Grandma’s House writer Dan Swimer. His other television work as a writer and script editor includes Mrs. Brown’s BoysMongrelsWatson & OliverUp the WomenVery British ProblemsFlat TV, Our Ex WifeWho is America?Mitchell and Webb and Child Genius.

To book Adam Kay as the entertainment for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

See what people had to say about Adam, below:

“Hilarious! Absolutely brilliant!” – HRH Prince William (on the occasion of his brother’s 30th birthday party)

“This made me very, very happy” – Stephen Fry

“Adam has the instant ability to render hardened military senseless with laughter” – Alastair Richards, British Army

“Adam was unforgettable. The most entertaining speaker we’ve ever had and thoroughly deserved his two standing ovations. Fantastic!” – Kieran Kelly, Liverpool Medical Society