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1. A literary or dramatic work that makes fun of something, often by means of outlandish exaggeration.
2. A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty: The antics of the defense attorneys turned the trial into a burlesque of justice.
3. A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing, and striptease.
v. bur·lesqued, bur·lesqu·ing, bur·lesques
To imitate mockingly or humorously: "always bringing junk ... home, as if he were burlesquing his role as provider" (John Updike).
To use the methods or techniques of burlesque.

[From French, comical, from Italian burlesco, from burla, joke, probably from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *burrula, diminutive of Late Latin burrae, nonsense, from burra, wool.]

bur·lesque′ adj.
bur·lesque′ly adv.
bur·lesqu′er n.
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Performers enjoying some "Paddy Day shenanigans" include American Deanna Deadly, multi award winning male burlesquer Rock Hart, Aussie Cin De Lite, and Lola Rogue who promises to bring some Irish cheer.
(20) Constructivism is present on the stage as well, as in performances that employ elements of S/M sex in order to point up the power dynamics that inflect any sexual or gendered relationship, or those that interrogate the figure of the human, with bodies presented as bigendered or nongendered, disfigured, disabled, or otherwise (de)(re)constructed (burlesquer Madge of Honor fully wrapped in dehumanizing black plastic; drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova in a cat suit complete with ears and tail; performer Johnny Blazes literally split down the middle via half-"male," half-"female" costume and choreography).