Adam Kay

Writer and performer for TV, radio and theatre

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Biography

Adam is an award-winning writer and performer. His debut book, This is Going to Hurt, is a Sunday Times number one bestseller, selling over 650,000 copies in its first year and being translated into 25 languages. 

It was named Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year, Blackwell's Debut Book of the Year and iBooks Book of the Year, won both the Readers’ Choice award and the Non-Fiction award at the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Awards and, most recently, Esquire Magazine’s Best Biography Prize.

Adam is adapting the book for TV as a major eight-part comedy-drama. Sister Pictures are producing and Adam is executive producer.

Adam’s 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. He frequently writes live material and panel show content for high-profile comedians, as well as writing for TV advertisements in UK and US, and rewriting hit Broadway musicals for transfer to West End.

His numerous columns and articles have been featured in The Sunday Times, The Mirror, The Guardian and The Observer.

As an "electrifying" (Guardian) live performer, Adam has sold out multiple Edinburgh Fringe runs, West End seasons and UK and international tours. He is a frequent voice on Radio 4 and on television is equally at home being sensible (Newsnight, Peston on Sunday, The Big Questions) or less so (The Russell Howard Hour, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown).

For literary event enquiries, please contact Alex Fane at Fane Productions: 
alex.fane@faneproductions.com

Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.

Stephen Fry
on This Is Going To Hurt

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As hilarious as it is heartbreaking – and it IS heartbreaking (also hilarious).

Charlie Brooker
on This Is Going To Hurt

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Hilarious and heartbreaking - I howled, yelped and occasionally choked with laughter. This book may hurt, but in an important and necessary way.

The Times
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CV

Book

TV

Writer & Creator

Crims
6 x 30'
Director Alex Winkler and Ben Kellett
Writer co-written with Dan Swimer
Starring
  • Elis James
  • Kadiff Kirwan
  • Cariad Lloyd
  • Ricky Champ
  •  

    Original comedy series about a young man sentenced to two years in a Young Offenders Institution. 

    BBC for BBC Three
     

    Additional Writer

    Creator Freddy Syborn
    Producer Morwenna Gordon & Pippa Brown
    Starring
  • Jack Whitehall & Rosie Perez
  •  

    Comedy action & adventure series starring Jack Whitehall.

    Sky One
     
    Producer Lee Connolly
    Director Steve Smith
     

    Classic dating show.

    LWT for Channel 5
     
    Producer James Farrell
    Director Ben Kellett
    Starring
  • Brendan O'Carroll
  •  

    Comedy about a loud-mouthed Irish matriarch.

    BOC for BBC
     
    Creator Sam Leifer
    Writer co-written with Dan Swimer
    Starring
  • Tom Rosenthal
  • Ryan Sampson
  • Tom Basden
  •  

    Comedy series about a group of friends hanging out in Ancient Rome.

    Rise Films for ITV2
     
    Creator Tom Rosenthal & Naz Osmanoglu
    Producer James Farrell
    Director Declan Lowney
     

    Comedy series about two flatmates trying to entertain themselves.

    BBC Comedy for BBC
     
    Director Lorry Powles
    Starring
  • Julie Walters
  • David Tennant
  • James Corden
  •  

    Comedians and celebrities talk about the peculiarities of the British psyche.

    Alaska TV
     
    Producer Gareth Edwards
    Director David Kerr & Ben Gosling-Fuller
     

    Comedy sketch show, created by and starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

    BBC Comedy for BBC
     
    Producer James Farrell
    Director Ben Taylor
    Starring
  • Robert Webb
  •  

    Comedy about a divorcee whose new relationship is threatened by his ex-wife. 

    BBC for BBC Two
     
    Creator Jessica Hynes
    Producer Emma Strain
    Director Christine Guernon
     

    Nominated for Best Situation Comedy at the Writers Guild Awards 2014.

    BBC for BBC Two
     
    Creator Adam Miller
    Producer Stephen McCrum
    Starring
  • Katy Brand
  • Rufus Jones
  •  

    Original BBC puppet comedy series.

    BBC for BBC Three
     

    Writer