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Njambi McGrath is an award-winning rising comedy star with a hit BBC Radio 4 Series Becoming Njambi and winner of the coveted Hackney empire New Act Of The Year (NATYS) Award 2019. She’s a political commentator with appearances on Channel 4, BBC One, Broadcasting House and LBC.  She’s also a script writer. 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 and Africa and Middle East. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Through The Leopards Gaze.



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 BBC Two Edinburgh Nights, BBC One Sunday Live, Channel 4, 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. 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.



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.


“McGrath’s book is a courageous contribution” Big Issue North.

“Britain is traumatised by it’s history” The Evening Standard


Njambi is currently writing her debut fiction novel.


Praise for Njambi’s comedy

“Smart and Sardonic” The Guardian

 “Compelling voice of a rarely heard African perspective’ FestMag.

“Important Voice” The Times

“Deliciously Tart lines” The Evening Standard

“Cutting edge confident comedian” FringeReview

“A must see” The Scotsman

“Trail blazing” The Guardian

 “Potentially major comedian” JOHN FLEMING

“Witty” Chortle






BBC Two Edinburgh Nights

BBC One Sunday Live

Channel 4

Star of the BBC International Comedy celebration

London Live

STV Edinburgh Festival

ITV 1 6 clock news

Sky News



Radio 4 series Becoming Njambi

BBC Radio 4 Front Row

Star of the BBC International Comedy celebration

BBC Radio 4 extra

BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live

BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends

BBC Radio Word service

BBC 5 Live

Colourful radio London GUEST

Standup sit-down show presenter

BBC 3 counties radio

OnFM Drivetime Show June 2012 presenter and guest)



Winner NATYS 2019

Finalist International Delphic Comedy Oct 2017 Johannesburg

Finalist Laughing Horse 2015

2nd Place Piccadilly New Act Competition

Quarter finalist BBC Radio 2 New Comedy award

Semi-finalist Laughing horse new act 2013

Semi Finalist Funny Women Competition 2012 / 2013

Finalist Costa Coffee Comedy Challenge 2011 – performed at the Comedy Store

Quarter finalist Leicester square new act of the year 2011



Twitter @Njambimcgrath

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