Adam Kay – Interview

Published On November 11, 2013 | By Amy Banks | Theatre & Arts Features

Adam Kay’s Bum Notes
The Old Market
Weds November 13th 2013
8pm
£14/£12

British comedian and singer of smutty songs, Adam Kay returns to Brighton with his sell out show ‘Adam Kay’s Bum Notes’. The former Amateur Transplant’s singer and parody extraordinaire has received a phenomenal following after recent success from his Edinburgh Festival tours and will be gracing us with his tantalisingly twisted sense of humour on November 13th at The Old Market. We caught up with Adam for cheeky chat before the show to see if he could give us any clues of what to expect on the night.
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You’re back in Brighton for your latest show ‘Adam Kay’s Bum Notes’. Give us a bit of an insight into what we can expect?

Essentially you can expect a drunk homosexual, sat at a grand piano, wrecking some songs that you probably used to like.
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Before you started writing you trained to be a Doctor. What made you decide to cross over from medicine to writing?


Medicine is emotionally draining, evening-and-weekend-ruining and arriving-home-covered-in-blood-y. But most crucially, you can’t drink alcohol at work. Well, not legally at least.
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What do you feel was the best comedy idea you came up with whilst you were still studying?


A wrote a song that rattled through all medications in a minute and a half. I thought it was just a little in-joke, but it’s now had 2.5 million YouTube hits, so it’s clearly a decent comedy idea in retrospect.
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Training to be a Doctor suggests you have an interest in the human body. What’s your favourite body part?

The prostate. No follow-up questions on this please.
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Your band rose to fame back in 2005 within your notorious track ‘London Underground’ but what do you consider your biggest success in your career?

I’m certainly most proud of the time I sang a song that made a woman in the audience laugh so much that she vomited.
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What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on the London underground?



I don’t think I’ll ever get over hearing people on the tube singing the London Underground Song or playing it on their phones. It happens disturbingly often.
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Your performances have also helped raise both money and awareness for several medical charities including Macmillan Cancer Support. Why is this important to you?


There are sadly very few of us whose families haven’t been devastated by cancer – and Macmillan is the most extraordinary and fantastic charity. Also, by raising money for them I’m able to offset some of the bad karma I create by singing my awful songs. (Becoming karma neutral, if you like)
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More recently you’ve switched from working with the band to a more solo career path. How are you finding this?


I tend to get my way a lot more often.
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You’ve held sell out success with your previous tours, what can we expect to see from you in the future?

Hopefully the market for smutty-song-peddling will continue to thrive, and I can continue to make audiences vomit.
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