Mattel performing in 2017
Brian Michael Firkus|
August 23, 1989
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee|
Brian Michael Firkus (born August 28, 1989), known by the stage persona Trixie Mattel, is an American drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mattel is best known as a contestant on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race and for winning the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, as well as appearing on the web series UNHhhh and its Viceland follow-up The Trixie & Katya Show alongside co-host Katya Zamolodchikova. Mattel's first studio album, Two Birds, was released in 2017, followed by her second album, One Stone, in 2018.
Firkus was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is half Ojibwe, and comes from a Native American family. His drag name originated from an abusive stepfather who would call him a "trixie" when he acted feminine. After graduating high school, Firkus attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he was introduced to drag while performing in a production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Oriental Theatre.
He first performed in drag in 2008, at LaCage NiteClub in Milwaukee. Firkus became a staple among the Milwaukee drag scene, whilst also performing in Chicago. In 2014, Firkus attended The Institute of Beauty and Wellness before dropping out later that same year to participate in RuPaul's Drag Race.
RuPaul's Drag Race
Mattel competed in Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race. She was controversially eliminated in episode four, before being brought back to the show in episode eight, winning the "Conjoined Twins" challenge with Pearl Liaison. Mattel was once again eliminated in episode 10, ultimately placing sixth overall in the competition and making her the first queen to comeback into the competition and not go home the following episode.
Mattel later returned for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, which started airing on January 25, 2018. Mattel was crowned the winner in the season finale on March 15, 2018, where her fellow competitors voted for her to advance to the final two, and where she beat out runner-up Kennedy Davenport in the final lipsync battle.
After appearing on Drag Race, Mattel appeared in the web series UNHhhh on WOWPresents with fellow season seven contestant Katya Zamolodchikova. The duo later went on to star in The Trixie & Katya Show, which premiered on Viceland on November 15, 2017. In November 2017, Trixie and Katya starred in a drag stage adaptation of the 1997 cult film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, entitled Trixie and Katya's High School Reunion.
Mattel has toured around the world with her stand-up comedy show called "Ages 3 and Up". In October 2017, Mattel streamed on the live video gaming platform Twitch alongside 8BitDylan to raise money for the GaymerX foundation. She has also toured on the "Haters Roast: The Shady Tour" with other queens from RuPaul's Drag Race for their 2017 and 2018 alumni tours. In February 2018, she announced her new comedy tour "Now with Moving Parts", set to begin in April 2018.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Mattel listed her primary influences as June Carter Cash and Dolly Parton and states that she grew up on the music of George Jones, Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash. She is a fan of both Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves.
|2015||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself (Contestant)||Season 7, 6th place|||
|2016||American Horror Story: Roanoke||Herself||Season 6, Episode 10: "Chapter 10"|||
|2016–present||Gay for Play Game Show||Herself||Season 1, Episode 5: "Featuring Mindy Cohn"
Season 2, Episode 2: "Featuring Frankie Grande"
|2017–present||The Trixie & Katya Show||Host||14 episodes|||
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars||Herself (Contestant)||Season 3, Winner|||
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself (Guest)||Season 10, Episode 1: "10s Across The Board"|||
|2015||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked||Herself (in drag)|||
|2015-2017||Hey Qween||Herself (guest)||2 episodes|
|2016||Gay of Thrones||Herself||Recap Season 6, Episode 4: "Thrust of the Stranger"|||
|2016–2017||UNHhhh||Herself (in drag)||2 seasons, 68 episodes
With Katya Zamolodchikova
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
||as Brian Firkus|
||as Trixie Mattel|
|"Where the Grass Is Much Greener"||2009||Greener||as Brian Firkus|
|"You Belong to Me"||2009||non-album single||as Brian Firkus|
|"Mama Don't Make Me Put On the Dress Again"||2017||Two Birds||Credited as Trixie Mattel/Brian Firkus|
|"Moving Parts (Acoustic)"||2018||non-album single||Reached #83 on the Scottish Singles Chart.|
|"Break Your Heart"||One Stone||as Trixie Mattel|
|"Geronimo"||2015||RuPaul||RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz 2|||
|"Eggs"||2016||Lucian Piane, Ginger Minj||RuPaul's Drag Race: The Rusical|||
|"Drag Up Your Life"||2018||RuPaul featuring Trixie Mattel, BeBe Zahara Benet, BenDeLaCreme, Shangela, & Kennedy Davenport||Non-album single|
|"Kitty Girl"||2018||RuPaul featuring Trixie Mattel, BeBe Zahara Benet, Shangela, & Kennedy Davenport||Non-album single|
|Ages 3 and Up||2015-2017||Chicago, U.S.|||
|Now with Moving Parts Tour||2018|||
|Super Bowl Cut||2018|
|Skinny Legend Tour||2019|||
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- Swift, Andy (2018-03-16). "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Finale: Did the Right Queen Win Season 3?". TVLine. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
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- Fallon, Kevin (15 November 2017). "'Trixie and Katya Show': TV's Best New Talk Show Hosts Are Two Drag Queens" – via www.thedailybeast.com.
- "Trixie Mattel And Katya Recreated The "Romy And Michele" Dance Sequence—And It Was Perfection". newnownext.com.
- "Absolutely Hysterical: Trixie & Katya Recreate that Iconic "Romy And Michele" Dance Sequence". worldofwonder.net. 21 November 2017.
- ""Trixie Mattel: Ages 3 and Up" | Trixie Mattel". Trixie Mattel. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
- (8Bit), Dylan (5 Oct 2017). "This Sunday catch @trixiemattel and myself play some games to raise money for the @GaymerX foundation! 6PM CST". @EightBitDylan. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
- "First 9 cities announced! DragFans.com". @trixiemattel. 20 Feb 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
- "Two Birds by Trixie Mattel on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
- "Trixie Mattel Reflects On Her 'All Stars' Performance And New Album 'One Stone'". HuffPost UK. 2018-03-15. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
- "Drag Queen Trixie Mattel on Her Country Albums, Kacey Musgraves Obsession". rollingstone.com.
- @trixiemattel (21 July 2017). "I'm a gay person who specializes in gay activities" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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- Avery, Dan (November 17, 2016). "Trixie Mattel Pops Up In The "American Horror Story" Season Finale". NewNowNext. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- McHenry, Jackson (August 18, 2017). "Honey, RuPaul's Drag Race Contestants Trixie Mattel and Katya Are Getting Their Own Viceland Show, Honey". Vulture. New York Media, LLC. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- Nolfi, Joey (March 21, 2018). "Katya, Bob the Drag Queen, more return for crazy RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 challenge". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- "Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 1 Born Naked". WOWPresents. YouTube. 3 March 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- Power, Shannon (May 18, 2016). "RuPaul's Drag Race alum Trixie Mattel goes Gay of Thrones". Star Observer. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "Trixie Mattel". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
- "Trixie Mattel Chart History: Americana/Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
- "Trixie Mattel Chart History: Top Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
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- "ARIA Chart Watch #465". auspOp. March 24, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
- "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
- Peaks in Scotland:
- "Official Country Artists Albums Chart Top 20". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
- "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
- "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. February 2–8, 2018. Archived from the original on March 19, 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
- Guerino, Adam (June 9, 2015). "Trixie Mattel from RuPaul's Drag Race to perform in Chicago". Time Out Chicago. Time Out Group. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- Lorusso, Marissa (March 23, 2018). "Trixie Mattel: America's Next Top Folk-Country Comedy Drag Artist". NPR. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- Duke, Simon (May 15, 2018). "Drag Race All Stars champion Trixie Mattel announces UK tour including date in Newcastle". Evening Chronicle. Reach plc. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Trixie Mattel.|
- Brian Firkus on IMDb
- Mar, Pollo Del (May 30, 2016). "'Drag Race' Star Trixie Mattel's Campy Look, Quirky Style Saved Her Love for Drag". The Huffington Post. AOL, Inc. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- Mar, Pollo Del (April 22, 2015). "Returning 'Drag Race' Star Trixie Mattel: My Elimination Made Fans Think the Competition Was Scripted". The Huffington Post. AOL, Inc. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Milwaukee drag superstar Trixie Mattel was on the 'American Horror Story' season finale". Milwaukee Record. November 18, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.