Sponsored By Klarma: A Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova Live Review

by - April 05, 2022

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From a green screen-covered basement to the stage of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova bring the chaotic energy of their World of Wonder web series UNHhhh to a live audience with Trixie and Katya Live!

Trixie and Katya Live! Is a combination of pre-filmed skits and onstage banter that show the RuPaul’s Drag Race alum - including season six contestant Kelly Mantle, playing their manager, Sandy - as they prepare for the show. They switch viewpoints from stage performances of rhythmic gymnastics and lip-synched power ballads to backstage quips of several dazzling costume changes and relaxation techniques.

The show is sponsored by fictional Swedish fintech company Klarma, who in just four easy installments goes from innocent sponsor to threatening higher power. The advertisements sprinkled within the show get more and more threatening, and manager Sandy sports a new injury each time she appears on stage, claiming she was attacked by their people.

Except for her first appearance, when she came out with a neck brace and without hesitation blamed Will Smith for the injury. The widely-discussed Oscars altercation between Smith and Chris Rock happened just 24 hours before their Chicago performance, and both Trixie and Katya hilariously broke character as neither were expecting that response.

Along the way, the duo begin to clash over who has the better work ethic.

“If I wanted to micromanage you, I’d help you tuck,” Trixie says to Katya before intermission.

When they return, after a foreshadowing Klarma ad and musical number from Sandy, Katya gives a Tedxxx talk on the subject of being constantly interrupted. Using examples from various episodes of UNHhhh, the talk is (naturally) interrupted by Trixie who gives her own Tedxxx talk on always being right.

After they are both kidnapped by Klarma and Trixie concedes to their terms and conditions, the two put their anger aside to join forces and defeat the company-turned-cult.

The chance to see the chemistry of UNHhhh in a live setting, bloopers and all, fully elevates the experience of watching two friends bring out the best in each other. Audiences have taken joy in watching these two queens go from competitors to allies and feel a sense of togetherness with people they have never met before. Trixie and Katya Live! brings that sense of togetherness one step forward and gives their audience the chance to see that spark in person.

This review was sponsored by Klarma. Please don’t come for us.

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