cut the comedy

cut the comedy

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

cut the crap

1. rude slang Stop trying to be deceptive. Often used as an imperative. Cut the crap—I know you're lying to me. Look, can we cut the crap and call this what it is? I'm being fired, not "reallocated."
2. rude slang Stop fooling around. Often used as an imperative. We'll never get this room painted unless you guys cut the crap and start working!
See also: crap, 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

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!
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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.