Hackney Empire NATYS Award2019
Njambi McGrath is an award-winning rising comedy star with a hit Radio 4 Series Becoming Njambi, and winner of the coveted Hackney Empire New Act of the Year (NATYS) Award 2019. She’s had successful Soho Theatre and Edinburgh runs and filmed 4 comedy specials on Amazon Prime, NextUp, BBC iPlayer, BBC Two’s Edinburgh Nights and Virgin Trains. Njambi has performed all over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Through The Leopards Gaze, optioned for a 6 part TV drama series by Expectation Entertainment.
Praise for Njambi on Writing
“Written with poetic fortitude, Through The Leopard’s Gaze reveals that the hardest part of survival is not the experience of violence but the pressure you feel to make sense of it. Bravely sharing her own attempt to confront the past, Njambi McGrath’s memoir is a stunning portrayal of human brutality and human resistance – heart-breaking and empowering in equal measure.” David Lammy MP.
‘Beautifully written’ BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends. On sale in Foyles, Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon, Audible, Walmart and all major outlets worldwide.
‘Beautifully written’ Clive Anderson BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends; ‘Britain is traumatised by its history’ The Evening Standard. Njambi is currently writing her debut fiction novel.
She is a ‘compelling voice of a rarely heard African perspective’ FestMag. Njambi’s book was shortlisted as one of the Twentyin2020 writers announced in the Guardian 2019. Away from writing, Njambi is an accomplished comedian with seven one woman shows and three filmed comedy specials. She was crowned winner of 2019 prestigious Hackney empire NATYS Award joining the ranks of previous winners like Stewart Lee and Lee Mark.
Njambi’s 2019 Edinburgh show Accidental Coconut, was a satirical examination of striking parallels between the Brexit rhetoric mimicking the struggles of those who fought for independence from Britain. Described as ‘nothing short of ground-breaking’ Banbury Magazine, and ‘a unique voice with deliciously tart lines’ Evening Standard. Accidental Coconut was featured on BBC Two’s Edinburgh Nights and BBC Radio 4 Extra Stand ups. Her current stand up show Black Black, she is comparing her grandmother’s life under imperialist Britain, with the rise of Nazism and fascism to her own political climate with Nazism, fascism on the rise. Her previous shows Breaking Black and African in New York – Almost Famous and Accidental Coconut were filmed comedy specials available on Next Up, Amazon Prime, Virgin Trains.
She was in the original line up of the (ARIA) Radio Awards hit BBC World comedy show ‘New Year’s International Comedy Celebration. Since her debut in 2010, she was voted 1 of 5 top up and coming female comedians 2012 by Fabulous magazine barely 14 months later. She was shortlisted for the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards x 2 a year later. She guested shows like Saturday Live BBC Radio 4, Loose Ends and ½ hour profile on BBC World service and has been showcased on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4Xtra, featured on STV, French TV(Business Africa/Initiative Africa), Nigerian TV. She has been profiled in the Evening Standard, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, Daily Nation (Kenya) featured on Arise TV. She reached the finals of many comedy competitions.
"The most unique show at the Edinburgh Festival"★★★★The List
"Sharp, edgy… an excellent comedian"★★★★The Mumble
"Harrowing confessional comedy"★★★★Fest
"Important Voice"The Times
"Deliciously tart lines"The Evening Standard
"Compelling voice of a rarely heard African perspective"Festmag
"Cutting edge confident comedian"Fringe Review
"A must see"The Scotsman
"Trail blazing"The Guardian
"Potentially major comedian"John Flemming
"Extraordinarily powerful"Kate Copstick
"Dark and refreshing"Broadway Baby
"Smart and Sardonic"The Guardian
- NATYS 2019
- International Delphic Comedy Johannesburg 2017
- Laughing Horse 2015
- Piccadilly New Act Competition
- Laughing Horse New Act Semi-Finalist 2013
- Funny Women Competition Semi-Finalist 2012/13
- Costa Coffee Comedy Challenge 2011
- Leicester Square New Act of the Year Quarter-Finalist 2011
- "Njambi's ability to address the difficult subjects of race, identity and gender politics through comedy is a real skill. Her material was thought provoking on a number of levels, delivered with style, energy and humour that left a lasting impression. Thank you so much."EXPERT IMPACT SHOWCASE 2022