joking aside

(all) joking aside

In all seriousness; being frank for a moment. Just flew in from Denver, huh? Your arms must be tired! Joking aside, how was your trip out here? I give my brother a hard time for the gangly way he runs, but all joking aside, he's quite a remarkable athlete.
See also: aside, joke

(all) joking aside

 and (all) kidding aside
being serious for a moment; in all seriousness. I know I laugh at him but, joking aside, he's a very clever scientist. I know I threatened to leave and go round the world, but, joking aside, I do need a vacation.
See also: aside, joke

ˌjoking aˈpart/aˈside

(British English) used to show that you are now being serious after you have said something funny: No, but joking apart, do you think we should go and see if she’s OK?
See also: apart, aside, joke
References in classic literature ?
But joking aside, though; do you know, Rose-bud, that it's all nonsense trying to get any oil out of such whales?
Joking aside, I'd encourage everyone to don their thinking caps and submit their suggestions to: www.
Joking aside, Bruce knows Agbonlahor can make a difference on the day even if he's not fit to play.
All joking aside though, Bowman is desperate to see Moult extend his stay at Fir Park so they can continue to work on their blossoming partnership - even if it means Moult remains the club's man for penalties.
One fan said: "All joking aside, you would think that any decent tattooist would check his spelling.
All joking aside, the beaver was safely rescued by animal control and released to wildlife rehabilitation,' authorities tweeted.
Joking aside, it was a great day of fundraising but little Ben and his family still need your help.
Surely, all feeble joking aside, Cheryl Fernandez-Lipsynchy should have won.
Joking aside, I did read some other GDN letters pointing out issues that have been overlooked and not addressed and I would like to point out one of these issues.
Joking aside, we would urge the Royal Mail to think of their customers and either announce that these branches are closing permanently or, better still, get them up and running again - posthaste.
Joking aside, I'm hoping to see plenty of the youngsters blooded against Krasnodar, people like Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, Chris Long and Conor McAleny.
But joking aside, dogs play a vital role in society.
Joking aside about the quality of driving in the West Midlands, is this really what Birmingham should be aspiring to?
Joking aside, the manager revealed: "He's fine, he just had a little bit of an accident with a lift but he's in good spirits because Benin won.
Joking aside, after many, many years of helping others, TFSR are now looking for help themselves in the form of volunteers.