Trixie: Our friendship exists in physical distance all the time because we’re never in the same place together. When she’s not in a super-healthy chemical space, there’s added emotional, mental distance, too. It’s always good but when we’re on the same page, when I’m happy and when she’s happy, it’s absolutely perfect, it’s great.
Katya: The thing is, when I show up to work on drugs, I’m not really showing up. And that’s a huge problem when you’re doing improv with someone, when 30 percent of my energy at least, probably more like 60 percent of my energy is trying to conceal the fact that I’m on drugs, I’m not fully present enough to react in the moment to her authentically, and that’s a real big problem. And thank god I vibrate at 180 percent most of the time so I can shave off a few but it’s just not going to be as good as it can be.
Trixie: I think our relationship’s only gotten better. I’ve only come to admire her more as a person, but don’t you fucking write that down! Nobody can know! [puts on country accent] Don’t you do it, Elyssa, they don’t want sincere, heartfelt, emotional jibber-jabber! From the beginning, she’s always the funniest person I think I’ve ever met.
How do you think growing up would have been different if something like The Trixie and Katya Show was on the air when you were younger?
Trixie: I remember seeing RuPaul in The Brady Bunch Movie, when she says to Jan, “Girl, you better work.” And I froze it in my mind forever. When you’re just gay as shit and someone’s being gayer than you, you’re like okay, I’m good. And if someone in the room has worse b.o., you’re like ‘FIERCE. Thank god.’
Katya: I think the conversation would become for me as an artist, not how to get gay movies made but how to get good gay movies made. At the beginning, you’re just fighting for them to be made, period. I just want to see two guys kiss! And then you have us idiots on the screen and it’s like, okay, move beyond that now, let’s make those guys kiss in a meaningful way. [Seeing The Trixie and Katya Show] would be super inspiring. I think also very confusing because we look like crazy people. I would be spoiled rotten by that. All these kids, they’re looking for answers. Sometimes it means “fuck my pussy with a rake” [a catchphrase from the Webseries] and you’re like, what is that, what is this person asking me? They’re just saying, please notice me, please tell me that I exist and if they’re not getting an answer from me, at least they’re asking the question. Who am I? What the fuck does this all mean? Fuck my pussy with a rake?
What’s next for you beyond The Trixie and Katya Show?