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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

To stop fooling around. Often used as an imperative. Boys! Cut the comedy and focus on these math problems! If he doesn't cut the comedy, she's going to get upset.
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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In this TEAS volume, Summers and Pebworth offer a lucid synthesis of both recent and more traditional Jonson scholarship on the comedies, tragedies, masques, poetry, and prose, devoting two-thirds of their survey to the comedies and nondramatic verse.
In their survey of the comedies, Summers and Pebworth emphasize Jonson's brilliant plotting, arguing that in his best plays "the classical strictures Jonson voluntarily adopts never intrude as artificially enforced rules; rather, they serve to strengthen design and to reenforce theme" (35).
1.1 Situation Comedies Starting with Radio Broadcast, Transfer to Television
The successful situation comedies (like 'The Goldbergs,' 'The Life of Riley,' 'The Ardich Family') on radio in America, transferred to television.
Late school comedies, i.e., around and after 1790, just entertain and do not give any moral.
That said, the two other comedies released by Macquarie--"Dirty Deeds" and "The Nugget"--did not meet expectations.
For more than two years, Hughes has been reading scripts for other genres but has not yet invested in one; as a result, the seven other films on Macquarie's slate are all comedies. A further five laffers are seeking coin in the company's current public fund-raising with Nine Films.
Comedies are the engines that drive the network train.
"If you've been raised on comedies, you develop a taste only for comedies."
The sentimental comedy in England and its French counterpart, the comedie larmoyante, succeeded Restoration drama.
While the title of the book and the dust jacket promote the book as an examination of city comedies in the "context of the battle between theater and philosophy declared by Plato's expulsion of theater from his ideal republic," Martin shies away from presenting a determinate connection between Pyrrhonian skepticism and Jonson and Middleton's acquisition of that critical stance.
(12) Persio spoke of one theater, made of wood, almost all of whose boxes were rented by Venetian nobles, who took their wives and daughters to the foul-mouthed comedies performed therein.
According to this ruling, the comedies newly introduced into the city contained "many lewd, lascivious and most unwholesome words and acts." (15) For reasons of public morals, over which the Ten watched assiduously, no comedies, tragedies, eclogues, or other such similar performances could be given in the city or its territories without the express permission of the Ten.
Unlike their American counterparts, Canadian comedies seem far more cautious and forlorn.
The romantic comedy hit its creative peak in the United States in the 1930s and early 1940s with the screwball comedies of Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, Preston Sturges and the Astaire-Rogers romances.