A guide to “UNHhhh”



Drag queens Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova met on Season 7 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and have since started their own YouTube show, “UNHhhh”

Hi, I’m the person whose name is always mispronounced in class, Anastasiya. I’m always taller than you think I am, Alejandro. And I’m the poster child for stress-induced eye bag cream, Andi. And welcome to “A Guide to ‘UNHhhh’” because it’s our newspaper and not yours.

Drag artists are known to be some of the best performers, from dance and lip-synching to acting and comedy. No one would expect an internet show to be the best place for these personalities of many talents to shine. However, Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova have become some of the most famous drag queens because of their sucessfull online show “UNHhhh.”

Starting in 2016, fans of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” requested a show of just the two after seeing their appearances on season seven. Since then, “UNHhhh” has skyrocketed in fame and popularity. However, with so many episodes across so many different topics, it can be intimidating to know where to start.

Who are Trixie and Katya?
Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova are drag queens. The best way to describe Trixie would be a cubist barbie doll with the color saturation turned up to 120 percent. Katya describes herself as a Russian mistress with eccentric, and sometimes occult tastes. The two met on season 7 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” where they became best friends and have since proven to be quite the comedic duo.

What is “UNHhhh”?
The name of the show is an onomatopoeia, remember that from English class? The name is meant to describe a sound made by Trixie and Katya, chosen to encapsulate the chaos and comedy of the show. The two queens make the sound simultaneously to signify the beginning of each episode.

The idea of the show is simple: Trixie and Katya sit in front of a greenscreen while having a discussion about a designated topic. These subjects range from getting old to texting etiquette and they are spiced up by the queens’ edgy humor along with over-the-top editing. The episodes can be found on YouTube, usually running from 10 to 15 minutes. Trixie and Katya take one subject and use their sharp wit and close friendship to expand into hilarious anecdotes and inside jokes formed on camera. Through their bright personalities and brilliant comedy, the show has covered more than 165 topics over the span of six seasons.

Once you get more acquainted with the show, there are some inside jokes that will make a lot more sense. For instance, Trixie’s bird laugh, Katya’s “Contact” obsession, Katya constantly being cut off by Trixie’s quick mouth and the same three stories that get recycled over and over in every couple of episodes.

Our favorite episodes of “UNHhhh”

→ Ep. 29: Halloweenie – the first Halloween themed episode of the show

There are tiny hands, a rubber chicken and an eyeball sticking out of a wig. Honestly, what else could you ask for?

→ Ep. 31: Space

You can tell this is an earlier episode by the looks which Trixie and Katya are serving, which are not serving at all. This episode is pure chaos and will get you in touch with Katya’s obsession with the movie “Contact.”

→ Ep. 36: Happy Holidaze – the first Christmas themed episode of the show

A quintessential episode, Trixie and Katya show off their fun-loving and outgoing selves. This is the perfect festive video to lift up your holiday spirits.

→ Ep. 43 and 44: High School I and II

If you ever feel like your high school experience is weird, just go watch this episode and you’ll suddenly feel like the most normal person alive.

→ Ep. 142: Weather

While the subject of this episode is the weather, they probably only talk about it for 10 percent of the episode. The rest of the episode is full of classic buffoonery and off-topic conversations and perfectly caps off the fifth season of the show.

→ Ep. 155: Lunch

The mundanity of the subject of lunch seems rather dull, but with the couple’s funny improv this episode is one for the books.

→ Ep. 119: Gurl, You Gay
Some of the best jokes from the entire show come from this episode. It encompases their senses of humor and everything the show is supposed to be. The way Trixie and Katya volley back and forth, making fun of both gay and straight stereotypes, creates an atmosphere where no one is safe from a quip or an insult, but everyone is welcome to laugh along.

“UNHhhh” has got to be one of the most entertaining YouTube series on the internet. The fast pace and campy editing transports the queens from their seat in front of the greenscreen to the middle of the ocean or floating through space. Your eyes are glued to your screen. Trixie and Katya’s friendship makes their viewers invest in their lives and minds. “UNHhhh” is one of a kind and irreplaceable: a look into the hectic and hilarious minds of chaotic, yet extraordinarily successful drag queens.