Anca Pavulescu’s ‘So We Will Go Bad’: Cheekiness, Laughter, Film’ discusses gender and slapstick in Daisies (Chytilova, 1966). Pavulescu describes the film as a ‘revolt against manners’  in which ‘romance is parodied as a mannered ritual’ . Her assessment of the film is that Daisies uses slapstick and laughter to subvert expectations in regards to female manners and gender roles.
Pavulescu argues that her reading of the film should be thought of in tandem with Donald Crafton’s ideas about slapstick: he suggests that slapstick is an ‘emphatic, violent, embarrassing gesture’. Pavulescu sees the female performance of gag humour as a way of parodying romance, manners and even narrative. In her text she uses a film about two women to explore the relationship between laughter and gender, however I think it is worth applying her ideas into another context: drag.
Drag is many things, however it often appears in the form of men dressing up as women. The very nature of drag is to ‘perform’ gender, which results in gender becoming parodied and caricatured. A clip below shows drag performer, Bianca Del Rio, performing a stand-up act . In this clip Bianca is dressed as a woman, although the audience is very aware that she identifies as a man.
Although Bianca’s performance is not an example of slapstick, it is rude, cheeky and could be described as a ‘revolt against manners’. This clip takes Pavulescu’s ideas about the female performance of comedy and places it into a slightly different paradigm: one in which the performer and the audience are hyper-aware of the subversion of gender roles. The performance is inescapably self-aware in its parody of what is ‘lady-like’ and well mannered.
Although this clip is vastly different from Pavulescu’s original example, it takes her ideas further and showcases how gender can be parodied and subverted through comedy.
 Anca Pavulescu, “‘So We Will Go Bad,’ Cheekiness, Laughter, Film”, Camera Obscura 62, 21: 2 (2006), 147.
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 Pavulescu, 152.