NATYS: New Acts of The Year Showcase

Saturday 7th May

Curtis Walker host the 40th Anniversary of the legendary showcase for new comedy talent Sheba Montserrat takes the Top of the Bill spot


‘… the most important new talent showcase in the country’ The Guardian

Don of Black British Comedy, Curtis Walker, hosts the 40th anniversary of the NATYS, the legendary new comedy showcase. Sheba Montserrat, African-Caribbean physical storyteller, returns from the 2020 Hackney Empire show, to perform on the Top of the Bill spot.

From cabaret, clowning, stand-up, drag, music, improv and more, the NATYS will showcase a dozen of the most exciting new comedy acts to emerge in 2022. Each act performs five-minutes of their comedy circuit routines, in their quest to breakthrough into the mainstream of popular entertainment.

Over its 40 year history – from Brixton’s Old White Horse to the Hackney Empire, and a decade of playing London arts centres from the Bloomsbury to the Barbican and Stratford Circus to The Shaw – the NATYS keeps the stage door open to a world of live popular entertainment.

Thousands of acts have auditioned, hundreds have performed, many are household names, and now, a new generation follow in the footsteps of comedy legends including: Nina Conti, Russell Brand, Mae Martin, Micky Flannagan, Shaparak Khorsandi, Stewart Lee, Sindhu Vee, Diane Morgan, Gina Yashere, Men in Coats, Francesca Martinez, Nabil Abdulrahid, Imran Yusuf and Spencer Jones and many many more