cut the comedy

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
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At the start of the season, Fergie was rumoured to have sat the World Cup winner down and whispered some gentle words into his ear - the gist being to cut the comedy out of what is undoubtedly a class act.
The series combines humour, special effects (in the first programme he startlingly rips off Liz Hurley's face, just to show how the muscles work beneath the skin), psychology and science, but Cleese has been under executive pressure to cut the comedy and make it more serious.
So cut the comedy routine on Saturdays and lets start playing some proper football.