Curtis Walker, the Don of Black British Comedy, hosts the 40th anniversary of the legendary new comedy showcase. Sheba Montserrat returns from the 2020 Hackney Empire show, to perform at the Top of the Bill with her unique African-Caribbean physical storytelling.

From cabaret, clowning, stand-up, drag, music, improv and more, the NATYS showcases 14 of the most exciting new comedy acts to emerge in 2022.

Adam Flood, Andy Watts, Caroline Madds, Dan Wye, Dee Allum, Eugene Dusauzay, Flat and the Curves, Joshua Bethania, Kathryn Higgins, Lorna Rose Treen, Luke Chilton, Mark Flynn, Roman Harris, Viggo Venn

Each act performs five-minutes of their comedy circuit routines, on their quest to breakthrough into the mainstream of popular entertainment.

'...a reputation for providing the most eclectic final...’ Chortle

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

'...most important show of the year for new comedy & variety talent' - The Stage


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