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West is Best: a live lockdown variety show
broadcast from a secret location in Maribyrnong.

The West's best artists. Four rooms. One house.

With the help of a grant from Maribyrnong Council, Serious Comedy is bringing back two lost pieces of Australiana. Live television and variety! All with a Western suburbs twist.

Hosted by West Footscray native, Yianni Agisilaou, this grassroots extravaganza shows viewers in Maribyrnong and beyond what you can do with an idea, a community and a bit of local pride! Broadcast from four rooms in our West Footscray house, West is Best will be a cross between a festival gala show and The Big Gig. Poetry, songs, comedy and cooking at ours before crossing to our local, 540 on Barkly for a cocktail making class.

This page will be updated periodically with more information about the artists and segments involved in the show.

Tell us your stories

If you live or work in Melbourne’s west and have a story you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear them! You can use the jotform we’ve set up here.

We aim to use these stories on social media, or in the show itself (anonymously or with your name).

West is Best runs on a Pay What You Can model
The live entertainment industry has been decimated by coronavirus, and will be one of the last industries to recover. This project is helping to develop new methods of keeping us working, and also to generate income for everyone involved. However, we also know a lot of you have also been financially impacted, so we are running West is Best on a Pay What You Can model. 

Places are limited and you’ll still need to book a ticket to see the show (you’ll be sent the login details via email) but we don’t want lack of funds to be a barrier to people watching this show – so we’ve given the option of booking free or low price tickets.

If you’re able to purchase a ticket, please do! All ticket money helps pay artists and creatives involved who don’t have any work right now. Consider what you might spend on a night out at a live theatre or comedy show or the movies. If you can’t afford that, grab a low cost options and help us spread the word by telling your friends – in person, online, or sign up to the Serious Comedy newsletter.

The background

Faced with COVID rendering the entire live entertainment industry stage-less, a close-knit team of production and performer types decided to try streaming a live comedy show from a converted ‘pop-up’ studio in our living room in West Footscray. It went remarkably well. We got more ambitous with our show ideas – and West is Best was born.

Artists involved with West is Best

The Team behind West is Best

Carrie Hardie, Producer & Co-Creator

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Toby Sullivan, Producer

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Yianni Agisilaou, Host & Co-Creator

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Richard Martin Edwards, Director

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This project is supported by Maribyrnong City Council through the Together Apart Rapid Relief Fund.

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