From Showcase to Stardom...

Some of the biggest names in entertainment got their start on the college circuit by showcasing at NACA events. The NACA® Hall of Fame was established to honor and recognize individuals or groups who have appeared on national or regional showcases and have distinguished themselves in the arts.

Here is a look at a few of our recent inductees:

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    Roy Wood, Jr.

    2017: Roy Wood, Jr.

    Roy Wood Jr., a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, was named one of Variety’s “10 Best Comics to Watch” for 2016. Wood’s comedy crosses cultural lines and has entertained millions nationwide on stage, radio and television.

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    2016: RETTA

    Actress and comedian Retta, NACA’s 2016 Hall of Fame Award honoree, has delighted audiences for years with her performance aptitude and comedy precision and has established herself as a consistent first pick for Hollywood.

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    Matt Nathanson

    2015: Matt Nathanson

    Based in San Francisco, Matt Nathanson has evolved into one of the premier songwriters and dynamic performers on the music scene today. His 2007 album, Some Mad Hope (his first for Vanguard), yielded the smash single “Come on Get Higher,” which has sold more than two million copies to date, as well as the subsequent hits “Car Crash,” “Falling Apart” and “All We Are.”

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    Zac Brown Band

    2013: Zac Brown Band

    The GRAMMY® Award-winning Zac Brown Band has proven that “overnight success” can be years in the making. New fans drawn by its irresistible hit singles, its awe-inspiring musicianship and dynamic live shows might have thought the Zac Brown Band emerged from nowhere. In fact, the band has paid its dues for years.

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    Margaret Cho

    2012: Margaret Cho

    Soon after starting her stand-up career, Margaret Cho won a comedy contest in which first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s and, still in her early 20s, hit the college circuit, where she immediately became one of the most booked acts in the market.

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    Daniel Tosh

    2011: Daniel Tosh

    Daniel Tosh is currently one of the most requested headliners in the country. He has also quickly evolved into one of the most popular and successful college acts, performing at more than seven hundred campuses. Daniel’s casual style and sharp material have proven to be greatly appreciated by his audiences, young and old (but mostly young).

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    All Inductees

    2017 - Roy Wood, Jr.
    2016 - RETTA
    2015 - Matt Nathanson
    2013 – Zac Brown Band
    2012 – Margaret Cho
    2011 – Daniel Tosh
    2010 – Great Big Sea
    2010 – Jeff Dunham
    2008 – Caroline Rhea
    2008 – Howie Day
    2006 – Dane Cook
    2005 – Dave Chappelle
    2003 – Jay Leno
    2002 – Jon Stewart
    2000 – Jay Mohr

    2000 – Anthony Clark
    1999 – Michael Hedges
    1999 – Vince Gill
    1997 – Mary Chapin Carpenter
    1994 – Maynard Ferguson
    1989 – Hank Williams, Jr.
    1988 – Neil Diamond
    1987 – Roy Clark
    1986 – B.B. King
    1985 – Simon and Garfunkel
    1984 – Jimmy Buffett
    1983 – Linda Ronstadt
    1982 – Oak Ridge Boys
    1982 – Harry Chapin
    1981 – Kenny Rogers