all joking aside
Also, all kidding aside. Seriously, as in I know I said I'd quit, but all joking aside this job is too much for one person, or All kidding aside, I hate to lose at croquet. This phrase often accompanies a joking statement.
The Art Of The Dad JokeDad Jokes - those corny quips that will automatically make your eyes roll (accompanying groan optional). Dad Jokes are often puns that are met with regret.
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