Katya and Trixie
contestants on Rupaul’s Drag Race. They were immediate fan favorites, and their chemistry—exhibited (outrageously, of course) on their subsequent web series, “Unhhhh” — convinced Viceland to give them a TV series, The Katya
and Trixie Show (premiering November 17). It’s a half-hour of variety-show-style high jinks in and out of drag (in the latter case, they are Brian Mccook and Brian Firkus). Trixie, a folk musician, is known for her Barbie-inspired pastel aesthetic (left, below). Katya’s looks range from “fishy,” a term used for realistic female impersonation, to morbidly funny. Perhaps that explains Katya’s rather, uh, committed fan base. “They found an old picture of me, and someone used it as their own profile photo on Instagram,” says Katya with a visible shudder. “Their username is my actual name.” Trixie nods, rolls her eyes.
The tone of the show is similar to Rupaul’s Drag Race: raunchy and absurd, but also positive and insightful.
KATYA: Our show is filthy, but it’s not harmful. Filthy does not equal unhealthy. People don’t have the right attitude or point of view about filth. I mean, I know it’s inherently absurd for a cross-dressing drug addict realitytv person like myself to be giving anybody advice about anything, but I do give excellent advice.
You talk about authenticity on the show, which is not a word that gets used much with drag queens. Do you feel more authentic in or out of drag?
TRIXIE: I’m always myself. Always. The only difference is, I come off mean if I’m not in drag. KATYA: And I’m always more authentic than Taylor Swift. As long as she is popular, there’s no accounting for taste in this country. She’s like a manufactured mayonnaise Popsicle, and everybody’s just shoving it up their butts. It’s scientific. They’ve got chemists and engineers figuring out how to get songs stuck in your head. She was on UPS trucks, you know? Jesus Christ.
“I’m always more authentic than Taylor Swift!”