'My shows are the safest place to have an emergency' | Medical drama at a medical comedy

'My shows are the safest place to have an emergency'

Medical drama at a medical comedy

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If you're going to be taken unwell at any comedy event – this is the one to do it at.

For when a punter collapsed at Adam Kay’s show about his former experiences as an NHS doctor, there were dozens of health workers around to lend a hand.

Kay, whose memoirs This Is Going To Hurt have topped the bestseller lists for months, said he was aware of a ‘kerfuffle’ in the dress circle seats of London’s Garrick Theatre on Monday night.

He halted his performance, and discovered an audience member had collapsed.

‘As soon as the lights went on, there was a literal swarm of doctors,’ Kay told the Mirror. 'It shows that when you’re a doctor you’re never off duty.

‘Without stopping to think, their reaction was to get up and help, underlying my belief that my shows are the safest place in any city to have an emergency. There were probably more doctors in that room than in University College Hospital around the corner.

‘Thankfully, it was fine — it turned out to be a simple faint.

‘But when someone faints it is scary. The poor person was taken into the fresh air of Leicester Square and given a glass of water.’

He added on Twitter: ‘The NHS is full of heroes and they're NEVER off duty. Is it weird for a comedian to be proud of their audience?’

Published: 3 Apr 2019

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