Mark your calendars and set the time, The Trixie & Katya Show has just landed into Viceland’s Wednesday night, 10pm time slot! The RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favourites took the notoriety gained from the reality TV show limelight and used it as fodder for their careers. After 68 episodes of the popular web series UNHhhh, Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova are proving that the real race begins after you’re asked to sashay away.
The premise of the show is simple, Trixie and Katya pick a topic to dissect and discuss in profound, unrelenting detail. It is an exercise in stream of consciousness dialogue with no holds barred and no limits on sense or sanity. This recipe for disaster could not be in safer hands than these two dark-sided comedy queens. No one else could master what is nothing short of second nature for Trixie and Katya: the art of self-deprecation.
In the first episode of The Trixie & Katya Show, the queens talk about hooking up. The discussion always flows easily between the two because of their symbiotic chemistry. Trixie and Katya are always in step with each other, setting up jokes with layers of puns and outrageous one-liners. Appealing to the other’s humour keeps the conversation going, even if it means derailing it completely off the predetermined course. The viewer is easily drawn in without caring that point B is nowhere near point A. Once Trixie and Katya grab a hold of your attention, you are along for the entire ride.
A good comic can make people laugh, but a great comic can laugh at themselves. In all aspects of their discussions — be it hooking up, death, or porn — the biggest jokes easily come at their own expense, and no one is more in on the joke than Trixie and Katya. The two queens speak from the heart and are well aware that laughter is the best medicine when it comes to talking about very real topics.
The Trixie & Katya Show is by no means made just for those who enjoy drag, and it is not intended to only draw in a queer audience. Humour is universal and drag is but a subversive art form. For decades, drag culture has been intimately rooted in protest and civil disobedience, it can mock and it can make people think. By having conversations and making people laugh, Trixie Mattel and Katya are able to continue this legacy of thought and carry drag into the future.
What makes Trixie and Katya such endearing television hostesses is that they are the main focus of their program, and they are both incredibly engaging, interesting subject matter. In an era where visibility and relatability are at such a forefront in media, it is refreshing to see two drag queens hosting a television show on a major network, something that had not been done since the late 90s by RuPaul herself.
With its ecstatic hostesses; hilariously thought provoking dialogue; running segments such as Male Bag, Whore Drawer, and Asking For A Friend; viewers of The Trixie & Katya Show can expect to be hooked in by these two queens who have staked a major claim in late night primetime.