mock-serious

mock-serious

adj
pretending to be serious as a joke, etc
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One is aware of the mood and style in which one is expected to review the Travels, namely a corresponding mock-serious facetiousness.
The host then asks, mock-serious, which team she is supporting.
Previously, several other news organisations have fallen victim to the Onion's mock-serious news style, the paper added.
Wiig is adorable as the visually impaired love interest and Rogen brings a roguish charm to his titular hero, becoming mock-serious when he imparts the secret of the universe: "Be yourselves, speak from the heart - some rubbish like that."
Wiig is adorable as the visually-impaired love interest and Rogen brings a roguish charm to his titular hero, becoming mock-serious when he imparts the secret of the universe: "Be yourselves, speak from the heart - some rubbish like that."
Wiig is adorable as the visually impaired love interest, and Rogen brings a roguish charm to his titular hero, becoming mock-serious as he imparts the secret of the universe: "Be yourselves, speak from the heart - some rubbish like that."
Biden's reply, in a mock-serious tone said "let me be clear.
Helpfully, Gardner packs in some ancillary material of interest mainly to the devout Snarkophile: Holiday's recollections of working with Dodgson (the artist's job expanded as the author added fits); a mock-serious commentary by the philosopher F.
Though the backrubs had long since ended by the time I saw the show (the therapist was apparently an interactive component conceived primarily for the opening), the booze and the tunes continued to occupy a little shelf enfolded within a pair of car doors, each adorned with one half of a painted butterfly emblem--a junkyard reliquary that somehow manages something approaching delicacy in its mock-serious representation of its subject.
Working from a script he concocted with wife Jerusha Hess (who also collaborated on "Napoleon Dynamite") and Mike White (co-writer, with Jack Black, of "The School of Rock"), Hess treats his familiar plot merely as an excuse to string together scenes of straight-faced looniness and mock-serious dialogue.