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comedy of errors

A situation or series of events characterized by a number of humorous or ridiculous mix-ups, mishaps, or blunders. Taken from one of Shakespeare's early comedies, The Comedy of Errors. Their business was a comedy of errors by the end, with orders constantly being confused, employees arriving at the wrong time, and the financial accounts being all over the place. The story is a delightful comedy of errors, in which every sort of mistake and confusion that can arise does—with everything working out just fine in the end, of course.
See also: comedy, error, of

cut the comedy

Stop fooling around. Boys! Cut the comedy and focus on these math problems!
See also: comedy, cut

Cut the comedy!

 and Cut the funny stuff!; Cut the shit!
Stop acting silly and telling jokes!; Be serious! (Use shit with caution, as it is considered vulgar.) John: All right, you guys! Cut the comedy and get to work! Bill: Can't we ever have any fun? John: No. Bill: Come on, Mary, let's throw Tom in the pool! Mary: Yeah, let's drag him over and give him a good dunking! Tom: Okay, you clowns, cut the funny stuff! I'll throw both of you in!
See also: cut

comedy of errors

A complex or humorous series of events, as in Mary and John went to the Smiths', while the Smiths went to the Parkers', and the Parkers wondered why no one answered the door at John and Mary's-a true comedy of errors . The term borrows the title of Shakespeare's play, The Comedy of Errors, about two sets of twin brothers, master and slave, who are separated in infancy, and the mix-ups occurring when they arrive in the same place many years later. [c. 1600]
See also: comedy, error, of

cut the comedy

Also, cut the crap. Stop talking or behaving foolishly, as in Cut the comedy! We have work to do, or It's time you cut the crap and got to work. The first of these slangy imperatives dates from the early 1900s, the ruder variant from the 1920s.
See also: comedy, cut

Cut the comedy!

exclam. Get serious!; Stop acting silly! That’s enough, you guys. Cut the comedy!
See also: cut

comedy of errors

A ludicrous event or sequence of events: The candidate's campaign turned out to be a political comedy of errors.
See also: comedy, error, of
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It is Hall's success in delineating traces of the historical move toward centralized political authority in the comedies that I think justifies his application to Barber of the term "conservative" in the quotation above.
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The really great romantic comedies have a great obstacle,'' Waters says.
Robert Thompson of Syracuse University's Center for the Study of Popular Television suggests networks continue to schedule undemanding comedies because those shows ``work for an audience that is half-asleep, half-dead or comatose.
Of all the cultural forms - music, movies, literature - only the sitcom is frozen where it was 20 years ago,'' notes Victor Fresco, creator of the recent Fox comedy ``Andy Richter Controls the Universe,'' which was unable to parlay rave reviews into viewers because its sensibility wasn't quite compatible with the network's kid-centric comedies.
I think it's a really good way to honor our own - and comedies always tend to get overlooked at awards time.
In the '60s and early '70s, Americans bought millions of tickets to big-cast chase comedies, guffawing at the calamity, tittering at the compromising positions and actually enjoying all the excessive mugging.
I thought it was inevitable that 'Ghostbusters' would come up in the conversation about this film, and it was one of the things that worried me somewhat when I started the process here,'' says Reitman, whose resume as producer and/or director includes such milestone film comedies as ``National Lampoon's Animal House,'' ``Stripes,'' ``Twins'' and ``Dave,'' and more recently the disappointing ``Father's Day'' and ``Six Days/Seven Nights.