New Acts of the Year Showcase


Jo Brand hosts the 38th annual new acts showcase, and NATYS 2019, Njambi McGrath (pictured), tops the New Variety Bill featuring the next wave of Comedy acts.

From stand up to speciality, sketch to musical comedy and poetry to magic, 12 comedy acts, selected from 100 auditions, perform five minutes of their circuit routines.


Treading Hackney Empire’s boards on their quest into the world of live popular entertainment, they follow in the footsteps of a Wikipedia of previous NATYS generations.

Previous Finalists include: 

Linda Smith, Nina Conti, Russell Brand, Micky Flanagan, Stewart Lee, Gina Yashere, Men in Coats, Francesca Martinez, President Obonjo, Imran Yusuf and Spencer Jones

‘... the most important new talent showcase in the country’

The Guardian

“...most important show of the year for new comedy & variety talent”

The Stage


‘Always one of the most fun (and often most bizarre)...’

Time Out 

‘...a reputation for providing the most eclectic final...’


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