Njambi McGrath is a Kenyan-born stand-up comedian on the UK comedy circuit. Having arrived in the UK as a teenager, she undertook an IT degree in London and New York State University. She worked for a national telecoms company and later an American software house before retraining to work in midwifery teaching childbirth classes. She came to comedy by chance after a client suggested she try stand-up comedy. Within fourteen months of starting stand-up, she was voted 1 of 5 top female comedians to watch by Fabulous magazine in 2012 and later that year was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Black Comedy Awards. She has been described as ‘blazing the trail for black comedians’ by the Guardian. Njambi was shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award numerous times. She is a rising star who has already attracted a lot media attention with profiles in the Scotsman on Sunday, Daily Nation (Kenya) Destination magazine (Kenya) and Nigerian press. Njambi was recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live alongside David Mitchell and Amanda Holden, and BBC World’s The Conversation. Her stand-up has been featured on BBC 2/3/4 Extra. She has been a participant on ITV, STV, Sky News and Arise TV. Njambi is a blogger and contributor to GlamAfrica magazine.
Njambi has written and performed 4 one woman shows at the Edinburgh festival and Durban Playhouse Theatre to critical acclaim:
- ★★★★ ‘The most unique show at the Edinburgh Festival’ THE LIST
- ‘A must see’ SCOTSMAN
- ‘Trail blazing’ GUARDIAN
- ‘Potentially major comedian’ JOHN FLEMING
- ‘Extraordinarily powerful’ KATE COPSTICK
Her memoir, Through the Leopard's Gaze, will be published by Jacaranda Books.