Adam Kay Keynote Speaker

  • Entertaining Speaker and Comedian
  • BAFTA Award-Winning Author, 'This Is Going to Hurt'
  • Former NHS Doctor

Adam Kay's Biography

Adam Kay is a BAFTA-winning author, TV writer, comedian and former junior doctor.

Adam is in huge demand for corporate events, bringing his experiences to life as a speaker, giving a hilarious, inspiring, and fascinating performance. He has a wealth of experience, is passionate and hugely knowledgeable about healthcare, mental health and being part of the LGBTQ+ community, with everything delivered with his trademark humour.

His first book, This is Going to Hurt, spent over a year at number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list, was translated into 37 languages, won numerous awards, and sold over three million copies. He is also one of the country’s bestselling children’s authors, with titles including Kay’s Anatomy, the fastest selling kids’ non-fiction book of the decade.

Adam’s numerous accolades for TV writing include a BAFTA award, a Writers Guild award and a Broadcast award for his BBC/AMC adaptation of This is Going to Hurt.

As a live performer, Adam has sold out several West End seasons and UK tours. His tour of This is Going to Hurt was attended by over 250,000 people. He has innumerable TV credits, and his unique stories from the wards have made him one of the UK’s most in-demand performers for corporate and private events. His latest show, Undoctored, was the biggest-selling show of the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe, and was followed by a sell-out West End season.

Adam’s no-holds-barred diaries from his time as a junior doctor were the basis of his hit book This is Going to Hurt. This hilarious, horrifying and heart-breaking book has sold over two million copies in the UK, been translated into 38 languages, spending a record-breaking number of months at number in the Sunday Times bestseller list, and winning numerous accolades, including Book of the Year at the National Book Awards.

His second book, Twas the Nightshift before Christmas was another huge success, and Adam became the first author to have simultaneous Sunday Times number ones in paperback and hardback. This is Going to Hurt has since been adapted by Adam into a major new comedy-drama for the BBC starring Ben Whishaw, and won a BAFTA for Best Drama Writer.

Adam is a frequent face on television and, as with his live events, he is equally at home being sensible (Newsnight, Peston) or less so (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Russell Howard Hour and Jonathan Ross).

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Adam Kay's Speaking Topics

  • Insights into the medical profession

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Videos of Adam Kay

Adam Kay: Protect The NHS | The Jonathan Ross Show
Adam Kay: Protect The NHS | The Jonathan Ross Show
Joe Wilkinson FAILS To Press Buzzer!! | 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Joe Wilkinson FAILS To Press Buzzer!! | 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Adam Kay on Junior Doctors
Adam Kay on Junior Doctors
Love like you | Adam x Harry | This is going to hurt | Edit
Love like you | Adam x Harry | This is going to hurt | Edit

Books by Adam Kay

this is going to hurt
This Is Going To Hurt
Kay's Incredible Inventions

Comments & Testimonials

A heartening, laugh-out-loud confessional on the indignities and quiet joys of being a junior doctor. Kay’s warts-and-all account will not only bring plenty of laughs but also delivers a moving report from the NHS’s embattled frontline.
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