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?
All joking aside, it was such a fun shoot and Jack was a pleasure to work with.
Joking aside, small businesses at either end of the bridge are losing money due to the loss of local traffic flow across bridge.
Joking aside, I suppose when you come from an environment where lunch is an aspiration then taking the time to tangle with a government bureaucracy to merely prove your child's existence seems pretty far down the day's priorities.
Joking aside, Boyle was in no way surprised that Solan attracted the interest of the North London outfit.
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, I'm hoping to see plenty of the youngsters blooded against Krasnodar, people like Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, Chris Long and Conor McAleny.
Joking aside, she personally thinks Blake would turn out to be the dad, while Ryan would be the mom.
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.
But joking aside, Boydy is what he is, a goalscorer.
Joking aside (and I am joking 5ive fans) it's actually more of a clash of personalities.
Joking aside, after many, many years of helping others, TFSR are now looking for help themselves in the form of volunteers.