Trixie Mattel is an absolute doll when she gets onstage, with her tongue-in-cheek commentary in between her delightful rock-infused and folk-tinged ballads. But her audience really fit the bill when she performed in front of a full house of her Barbie doll collection for her “One Night Only” concert that premiered via YouTube on Monday night.
Live from the Liv Ingroom Theatre in Los Angeles, the drag superstar put on a musical special described as “equal parts late-night Adult Swim short, NPR Tiny Desk performance, and a stand-up comedy special,” according to the press release. She’s greeted with roaring applause (courtesy of Alexa) before introducing the no-shoe rule and milk house drink special.
“You know, I play all over. And every time I play this room, something about it, it just really feels like home. Could be the pillows,” Mattel teases about the venue.
She’s sharpening her material — not only her witty interludes but the new songs from her forthcoming album Barbara due Feb. 7 via PEG Records — before embarking on her 29-date Grown Up Tour across the nation next month. The RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner performed in front of RuPaul, but not in the flesh, as his still-packaged Barbie doll watched from his special “box seat.” Other icons in the audience included Donny Osmond and Jesse Eisenberg, the singer-songwriter’s celebrity crush who served as the inspiration for the first song she performed, titled “Jesse Jesse.”
The groovy romantic number name-drops his film project Zombieland and effuses hope for their happily ever after: “You know that inside every clam’s a pearl/ I could be Jesse’s girl,” she crooned during the chorus.
After an unfortunate encounter with her ex-boyfriend Dan and his date in between songs, Mattel wipes her teary eyes for “Gold,” a post-breakup country-folk ballad that couldn’t have been performed at a better time during the intimate show. But when “Malibu” comes on, Mattel’s latest single from Barbara, her doom-and-gloom vocals are nowhere to be heard in the summery surf rock anthem reminiscent of The Beach Boys and suitable for the Malibu Barbies interspersed in the crowd, who give her a stiff standing ovation at the end.
Watch Mattel’s “One Night Only” house concert below.