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->'''Peter:''' Sorry, Joe, I just had one of my ''Scrubs'' fantasy moments.\\
'''Quagmire:''' It's the best show you're not watching!\\
'''Cleveland:''' I hate shows that cut away from the story for some bull crap.\\
''[cut to Adolf Hitler, juggling three fish while riding a unicycle]''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''

A Cutaway Gag is a joke generally found in sillier comedies in which a character says something and the action immediately cuts to a throwaway joke related to what the character said. The Cutaway Gag is usually a non sequitur which has absolutely nothing to do with the plot of the comedy. [[RuleOfFunny It is just there to be funny]]. And if the gag ''is'' funny, no one minds the non sequitur. Of course, if it isn't...

A staple of the GagSeries, or those using RapidFireComedy (after all, it's easy to have lots of jokes if you don't need them to make sense).

Compare BigLippedAlligatorMoment, ImagineSpot, CrazyMemory, ProductPromotionParade (which this can overlap with), SeparateSceneStorytelling. Also an Aversion to the NoodleIncident, especially when they briefly start off with a bit of dialogue that would imply such a trope.



* Could switching to Advertising/{{GEICO}} really save you 15% or more on car insurance? Does ''Anime/CromartieHighSchool'' feature strumming guitars in the mountains?
** Parodied by WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange.
** Inverted by a later campaign, called "Get Happy, Get GEICO", where the gag scene sets up the description as the punchline.
** Played straight in another later campaign. "Huh, switching to Geico can save you 15% or more on car insurance." "Everyone knows that." "Well, did you know that [insert cutaway setup here]?"
* The General Auto Insurance television commercials has a character who is a "General" for obvious reasons. Not so obvious is the reason for the penguin sidekick.
* [=DirecTV=] has a a few of these for the [=DirecTV=] Genie. Whether its about how bad cable is to ___ or how awesome having [=DirecTV=] is.
* Ford Motor Company's "And is Better" campaign of 2013. For example:
** Voice activated and great gas mileage are two good things in the 2013 Ford Focus. Better than voice activated or great gas mileage, which is like sweet OR sour chicken....''[cuts to the couple making disgusted faces as they eat sour chicken at a Chinese restaurant]''
** Where the "or" is like going to a bed OR breakfast....''[cuts to them on the stairs at an inn, where everyone is passed out at the breakfast table in the kitchen]''
** Large OR in charge....''[cuts to a {{Lilliputian|s}} chief executive standing on a desk in a meeting and [[TheNapoleon demanding things be done his way]]]''
** Police who protect OR serve ''[cuts to police raiding a house being burglarized, but then, while still shouting orders, offer the burglars delicious sea bass]''
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by one of the spots; right after the gag scene, one of the couple comments, "That was weird".
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAyQjDedJCk This]] Delta Airlines safety video that showed up around the Christmas holiday season of 2013 ran on these:
** "Ensure all aisles, exits, and bulkhead areas are clear." ''[cuts to a dreidel spinning on the aisle floor, where it gets picked up by a passenger]''
** "If you're seated in an emergency exit row, please review the responsibilities for exit row seating on the back of the safety information card, which is in your seat pocket." ''[cuts to the flight attendant asking the three exit row passengers, the right one of which is [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebenezer Scrooge]], if they are capable of performing the instructions. Scrooge says "Bah!" and gets up to be reseated]''
** "Smoking is not allowed on any Delta flight." ''[cuts to a passenger with a Yule Log in his lap]''
** "Internet access will be available while we're above 10,000 feet." ''[cuts to a gingerbread man surfing the web on his laptop]''
** "But note, some items may not be used in flight at any time." ''[cut to a passenger turning off and putting away his [[Film/AChristmasStory giant table lamp that's shaped like a human leg]]]''
** "As we come through the cabin for our final safety check, please let us know if you have any questions." ''[Cuts to [[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Alex Trebek]] reading a newspaper while a flight attendant serves a drink to the passenger seated behind him]''
--->'''Flight Attendant:''' This is a traditional milk-based holiday drink.\\
'''Alex Trebek:''' ''[boringly]'' What is [[spoiler:eggnog]]?\\
'''Flight Attendant:''' Correct.
** Delta has done many more safety videos like this one since then, including an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLte6uLMi1g 80's version]] for the anniversary of their first safety video, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vttuonfu2BM one]] based around {{meme|ticMutation}}s.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Used and explicitly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one episode of ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'', which suddenly cuts to a sequence titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Let's Strum A Guitar In The Mountains!"]], at the end of which the man playing the guitar throws the instrument up in the air, screaming ''"Oh my god, this is a non-sequitur!"''
* Seen in ''Manga/InuYasha'' when the group are trying to stop two warring brothers from tearing up the countryside. When Inuyasha gets side-tracked complaining about how warring brothers cause needless hassle for everyone and then defensively claiming that he and Sesshoumaru have nothing in common with these two brothers, Sango - in a moment of complete randomness - wonders if Sesshoumaru's the kind of person who sneezes when he's talked about. Cue the momentary cutaway which doubles as a SneezeCut to reveal that it's actually Jaken who sneezes on Sesshoumaru's behalf and that he really dislikes this aspect of being Sesshoumaru's servant. Then the normal plotline continues.
* This is done in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': The notorious dance scene with Japan and Switzerland. ''Yo ho ho, tra la la la...''
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' does this twice in episode 11. When the team realizes they've left the head of Teddie's original body behind. Cue some kid crying at its white-eyed, soulless stare. Same kid both times, but in different places.
* Episode 16 of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' had Lina, Gourry, and Amelia travelling with a theater company. The director decided to cast them in an upcoming play, with Amelia as the hero. In one scene where she reads a line from the script (in her usual LargeHam / LoveFreak way), the background shifts to make it look like she is a voice actress in a recording studio. Then she asks "how was it?" -- cut to Gourry behind the recording desk, who says "Sorry, you were blowing into the mic." The background then shifts back to normal, and Amelia responds "I was ''what''?!"

* This is a staple of anecdotal story-telling comedians such as Creator/MikeHarding, Creator/BillyConnolly and Creator/JasperCarrott. Connolly's story about the mystery man found dying in a street in Edinburgh - he turned out to be an illegal immigrant who fell out of the wheel-well of an aircraft - takes up to half an hour to tell with LOTS of digressions and cutaways. And as for his re-telling of the Gospel as if Jesus had come to [[ViolentGlaswegian Glasgow]] rather than Galillee...
* Creator/JerrySeinfeld is another comic who uses the Cutaway Gag in his act.
-->''Then the pilot comes on about what he's gonna do. "And here's how I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna take it up to fifty thou. Then, I'm gonna hang a left at Chicago." And we're like "Fine. Just get us to where it says on the ticket." Do I bother him? Tell him what I'm doing? "I'm having the peanuts now. I'm not gonna have them all now 'cause it's such a big bag."''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' (in the new comics): After Darkwing welcomes Launchpad back as his sidekick:
-->'''Launchpad:''' There aren't really a lot of positions open for sidekicks/pilots.\\
''[cut to Launchpad holding the [[WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers Rangerplane]] with [[TheCameo Gadget]] standing on his shoulder]''\\
'''Launchpad:''' I can pilot this!\\
'''Gadget:''' No. No, you cannot.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7256075 A Very Freakin' Family Guy Mis-Ed-venture]]'' features [[OncePerEpisode at least one cutaway gag in each chapter]], as is to be expected from a {{crossover}} with ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* Cutaway gags occur more often in later chapters of ''FanFic/TheManySecretOriginsOfScootaloo''. Characters will reference something unbelievable, then the story will cut to reveal such an event is happening.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': Before the trial starts, [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix]] wonders what would his {{Friendly Rival|ry}} prosecutor [[TheStoic Edge]][[ClosetGeek worth]] do if he was the one stuck in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]]. Cut to an ImagineSpot of Edgeworth gleefully riding and playing with the ponies through the land.
-->'''Edgeworth:''' This is just like that one episode of the [[ShowWithinAShow Steel Samurai]] where he meets the Pink Princess! '''''WHEEEEEEE!!!'''''\\
'''Phoenix:''' ''(Doctor, I'd like the part of my brain responsible for that image [[BrainBleach lobotomized, please...]])''
* ''Blog/AskKingSombra'': Coffee Talk wants to know what the real Sombra is doing while his evil self is out and about. Cut to [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/55facb453d5ff0934951b65dd04c8015/tumblr_n45iy5Jitk1rj4ht7o3_1280.png Sombra gleefully riding on Princess Shelf.]]
-->'''Coffee Talk''': You know what? Never mind. I can probably guess.
* Instead of skipping stupid episodes of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'' usually gives a summary of the episode and why they didn't use it. However [[http://youtu.be/4IvqsKkDFa4SMA episode 13/14]] used a cutaway to blend the episodes together.
--> '''Serena:''' [[PunnyName Peter File]]! He's on the hunt for young models! That's my dream!\\
'''Luna:''' But I thought your dream was to be a French bride?\\
''[flashback to Serena dancing in a wedding gown with Tuxedo Mask and Andrew]''\\
'''Serena:''' [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Ooo la la!]] Tuxedo Mask and Andrew! I so happy! Mmm I feel like a [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent pwincess]]!\\
''[cut back to real life]''\\
'''Serena:''' Where did that footage come from?
* In ''Fanfic/TheFanmakeBlooperSeries'''s third installment: ''Shadow of the Beast'', the cutaway gags happen as flashbacks of Shadow's past roles. Most of them are played for laughs. [[MoodWhiplash Most]] of them.
* The ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'' fan video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2tzccbTaog Mantax Facts PSA]] makes very liberal use of them. Many are non sequitur, but all are funny. The last one is even discussed as an example of how ''not'' to do one of these.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' uses this on occasion. In ''History of Trunks Abridged'', Trunks asks Gohan what his father was like, and we cut away to Vegeta beating a young Gohan senseless.
-->''' Vegeta:''' So what?! You think having a dad as a Super Saiyan makes you better than me?!\\
'''Kid Gohan:''' No!\\
'''Vegeta:''' ''(continues punching Gohan)'' Wrong answer!\\
''(Back in the [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble present/future]])''\\
'''Future Gohan:''' ...He had a lot to prove.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', this snarky conversation that Red has in her first conversation at the cottage with Flippers:
-->'''Red Puckett:''' They've got this all wrong, Mr. Flippers.\\
'''Nicky Flippers:''' Oh, I don't know. You look pretty dangerous to me. What's your name?\\
'''Red Puckett:''' Red.\\
'''Nicky Flippers:''' And why do they call you that?\\
'''Red Puckett:''' Why do they call you Flippers?\\
''[cuts to Flippers on the dance floor at a disco club, wearing a flashy white suit; as someone chants "Go Flippers!" in the background, he does a backflip and lands in a splitz]''\\
'''Nicky Flippers:''' Uh, [[BlatantLies no reason]].
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': After meeting [[GentleGiant Louis]], Naveen asks why he's never tried to play jazz.
-->'''Louis:''' Oh, I tried once.\\
''[cut to Louis jumping onto a river boat and playing his trumpet; five seconds later, he dives back into the river as the boat's passengers fire at him]''\\
'''Louis:''' [[{{Understatement}} It didn't end well]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', Manolo is being ridiculed for his father for being a bullfighter who never finishes the bull.
-->'''Pablo:''' But he finished the bull last week at practice!\\
''[cut to Manolo baiting a bull forward; the bull is struck by lightning and topples over dead, with Manolo appropriately confused]''\\
'''Anita:''' That did no count.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* There are several scenes like this in the comedy ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. One is where someone in the control tower says that the people flying the plane are gonna be fine; after all, "they're on instruments!" [[IronicEchoCut Cut to]] the plane's cockpit, where [[VisualPun several of the characters are playing real swingin' jazz music]].
* In ''Film/ErnestScaredStupid'', there's a cutaway gag in which Ernest's 4th grade teacher confirms that "[[ActuallyPrettyFunny He never knew when to quit.]]" after whapping young Ernest over the head.
* The "Zombie Kill of the Week" segments from ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''. It's only one scene, and it generally feels like something the executives had put in later for the trailer, but it's actually an artefact from when Zombieland was originally conceived as a TV show [[ThrowItIn that they decided to keep.]]
* In the movie ''Film/GoodBurger'', Ed and Dexter are eating outside when a dog runs up and barks at them. Ed is convinced the dog [[TimmyInAWell is trying to tell them]] that a group of clowns are stranded on the highway because their car broke down. Dexter tells him the dog is just hungry, and they throw the dog a hamburger patty. Cut to a bunch of clowns sitting next to a broken-down car, wondering where the dog went.

* ''Literature/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' uses this plenty. A good example is how a scene ending with Arthur saying "I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle" leads into a whole anecdote about his words being sent back in time by a freak interstellar wormhole and broadcasted to a pair of species, poised on the brink of war but about to sign a peace treaty, in which those words are the most dreadful insult imaginable. Not only are these asides some of the most beloved sections in the book, but it all helps to reflect the main theme of the books, which is that [[CrapsackWorld the universe is an essentially random, terrible place where bad things happen all the time for no reason]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', Creator/ChrisRock frequently used cutaway gags to illustrate jokes during his narrations.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' was filled with this trope, and lampshaded it on occasion:
-->'''Mrs. Turpin:''' That's Mr. Kamikaze, the pilot. He's very nice really, but make sure he stays clear of battleships.\\
''[cut to StockFootage of battleships]''\\
'''Voiceover:''' There have been many stirring tales told of the sea and also some fairly uninteresting ones only marginally connected with it, like this one. Sorry, this isn't a very good announcement.
%%* ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' was, too.
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'' featured so many cutaway gags that some fans referred to it as a live action "Family Guy," though most were flashbacks showing Titus' messed-up childhood and teen years.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' often featured Manatee Gags. Although they usually segued from and back to the main action somehow. Their use was lampshaded in one episode where there was a close up on an animated matchbox which merely said "Don't look at me, I'm irrelevant."
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'':
** Used early on when the hospital staff recognizes the boys, and Malcolm notes they have a history there, leading to a cutaway of [[TooDumbToLive idiotic actions]] taken by the brothers that [[AmusingInjuries landed them in the hospital]].
** A late-series episode has Hal reveal that he had given each boy one free pass where he didn't tell Lois about something they did when Dewey gets caught smoking cigarettes. This leads to a cutaway of how Francis, Reese, and Malcolm ended up using their free passes.
* As suggested by the quote above, ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', with J.D.'s flights of fancy. Although the one time they actually made a joke about a manatee, it was ''not'' one of these. (Although it was a non sequitur, it wasn't a cutaway.)
* Frequently used in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', usually in the form of someone's memory or invoking a brief flashback (appropriate, given that the entire series is a flashback made of a guy's memories).
* ''Series/ThirtyRock''.
** They even managed to do this in the LiveEpisode; [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] replaced Tina Fey in the flashback scenes.
--->'''Jack:''' Why are you better-looking in your memory?\\
'''Liz:''' My memory has ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' money.
** The other live episode did this too, but had younger versions of the main cast, with Creator/AmyPoehler as Liz, Creator/DonaldGlover as Tracy and Creator/JimmyFallon as Jack.
** The density of [[CutawayGag cutaway gags]] actually increased in the final season as the writers attempted to make the most of the abbreviated (12 episode) run.
%%* ''Series/FatherTed'' did a few of these.
* ''Series/BigTimeRush'' does this on occasion, most notably when the boys are reminded of or think about past actions they've done (like in one episode, they flashback to causing an explosion in the Palmwoods pool using dynamite). Most of the time, said cutaways are mentioned later in the episode.
%%* The "adult puppet show" ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'' does too many to count.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' featured this a lot as well, being a {{Mockumentary}}.
** Sometimes, the gag is to clarify or contradict a character's statement.
--->'''Lucille:''' I love all my children equally.\\
''[cut to earlier that day]''\\
'''Lucille:''' I don't care for Gob.
** Other times, the gag clarifies a comment by displaying a pop culture reference to a work that [[ShowWithinAShow only exists in the show's universe]]:
--->'''Michael:''' We're here for Motherboy.\\
'''Desk Clerk:''' You realize that's not the band.\\
''[cut to a Music/{{Kiss}}-like band]''\\
'''Narrator:''' Motherboy was also the name of a heavy metal band that rocked pretty hard throughout the seventies. We are legally obligated to make this distinction.
** Sometimes, the gag is played with.
--->'''Tobias:''' But we've had some good times.\\
''[cut to an all white screen with the caption "Footage not found"]''
* ''Series/That70sShow'' relied on this trope constantly, usually usinig it to display the character's imagination in many "what if" situations.
%%* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' does this all the time.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfLanoAndWoodley'' does this in the episode "The Girlfriend", with Colin telling a busker about his failed attempt at seduction in a cafe, culminating in a modern dance sequence.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' has a lot of these, too.
* ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' frequently uses these, when visualizing discussed scenarios and characterizations.
* ''Series/FullerHouse'' does this in the episode ''Secrets, Lies and Firetrucks'', right after Danny explains how he pulled some strings. Cut to the filming of the reunion show, where he is apparently letting the firehouse chief ''sing'' on television, and then discreetly telling the cameraman that they'll have the singing edited out.

* From ''Radio/TheGoonShow'': [[http://www.thegoonshow.net/scripts_show.asp?title=s06e05_the_case_of_the_missing_cd_plates "Meanwhile, in a teahouse in Saigon..."]]

* The CutawayGag is often seen in long-form {{Improv}} comedy shows. Sometimes when two players are doing a scene, a third player will tag one of them out and do a short scene with the other player about something that had just been mentioned, after which the player who was tagged out tags back in and resumes the original scene.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'': In Part 1:
-->'''Bee''': Hey, dude... I got you presennnntsss! The pet store I used to work at is going out of business.\\
''[Cut to a dumpster behind the pet store]''\\
'''Bee''': ''(popping out from the dumpster with Puppycat's presents)'' Ha ha ha!
* ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'', being somewhat influenced by Family Guy, and ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'', being somewhat influenced by ''Bonus Stage'' in its early episodes, use this type of joke occasionally. At one point one in ''GEOWeasel'', a cutaway gag is used to demonstrate how Jimbob turns every answer at the front door into a ''[[Series/TheBennyHillShow Benny Hill]]'' chase scene.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' does this occasionally
** One example being in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0718.html this comic]].
--->'''Elan:''' But what game? What competition should we choose that you [[ChessWithDeath could beat Death himself at]]??\\
''[cut to random female fighter ghost challenging Death to a wet T-shirt contest]''
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0560.html this strip]] when a discussion of superheroes on islands leads to Elan misunderstanding Greek mythology.
** Another superhero one, when Leeky Windstaff casts ''fire storm'', there's [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0359.html a cutaway]] to Comicbook/{{Firestorm}}.
* Used in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/04/06 this strip of]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', when showing [[PottyFailure why Gabe only wore his pants backwards once]].
* ''Webcomic/PKComic'' provides a good example in [[http://www.pk-comic.com/comic0012.html this comic.]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has an example in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/05/12/episode-552-tis-a-fine-vessel/ this comic]]. After Fighter mentions a land-based submarine, the comic randomly cuts to a three-panel scene about the crew of such a landsub.
* ''Webcomic/TheKennyChronicles'' had [[http://www.kennychronicles.com/2011/02/28/closer-closer-close-enough/ a]] [[http://www.kennychronicles.com/2011/03/03/apparently-its-muppets-week-at-kenny-chronicles/ couple]] that were probably meant as parodies.
* ''Webcomic/WeenieLicked'' cuts to awful infomercials at the climax of the first arc.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', just after Greybeard [[SarcasmMode sarcastically]] mentioned calling the mummy of Pharaoh Hotep III on his cell phone, it briefly cut to Pharaoh Hotep III's mummy grumbling that no one ever calls him on his cell phone.
* ''WebVideo/FourBlokesWithoutTelly'', used mostly in the first Episodes.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', especially the ShowWithinAShow gags.
* Naturally, some ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' episodes feature these gags in reviews. In his ''Film/MrMagoo'' review, he observes the scene where Magoo tries to rip off the ''Series/MrBean'' cooking scene as he cooks a roast chicken to instructions on the TV. Then the dog hits the remote, which changes the cooking show to a workout program. Magoo proceeds to give the chicken a workout. The Critic immediately asks, "Yeah! How long until he switches to the porno channel?"
-->'''Cooking Show Host:''' Next, I want you to--\\
''[channel changes]''\\
'''Porn Star:''' ...put your big long cock inside me.\\
'''Critic-Magoo:''' Well, okay, if it insists! ''[proceeds to [[BestialityIsDepraved hump the chicken]]; [[BlackComedyRape a "BA-CAW!" sound is played to accompany it]]]''
* Mocked by the WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer in his review of ''VideoGame/CoolSpot'':
-->'''Third Rate Gamer:''' You think ''that's'' bad? Remember the time I tried to go to space and use a credit card?\\
''[cut to a crudely animated clip with the Third Rate Gamer and an alien]''\\
'''Third Rate Gamer:''' Do you take Discover?\\
'''Alien:''' [makes some incomprehensible noises]\\
''[{{beat}}, followed by someone offscreen coughing]''
* A few Website/{{YouTube}}rs (vloggers as well as Let's Players) enjoy doing this as they mention something, then cut to a video in an entirely different setting where they demonstrate in an outragous way what they said, only to switch back to the original video with the camera on their straight or severly disturbed face.
%%* In a Creator/FoilArmsAndHog sketch. Arms' dance in "Interview with Foil and La Bullshat".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' doesn't go an episode without several cutaway gags being thrown in (and yes, the writers liked the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode enough that [[AppropriatedAppellation they started using the Manatee Gag nickname]]). Most are only a second and a half long, and often take the format "This is worse than the time that..", allowing virtually anything to be slotted in anywhere. The show is widely acknowledged to be the most {{JustForFun/egregious}} example of this trope.
** An example, from "One If By Clam, Two If By Sea":
--->'''Lois:''' Nigel's charming. All British men are!\\
'''Peter:''' Yeah right, that's what they said about UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli.\\
''[scene cuts to Disraeli as he writes with a quill pen in his study, then [[NoFourthWall glares at the camera]]]''\\
'''Benjamin Disraeli:''' [[LampshadedTheObscureReference You don't even know who I am]]!
** In 2010 they did produce a few episodes with no cutaway gags, basically to prove that they could. Two have been broadcast as of now. One of them, "Brian & Stewie", featured Brian and Stewie locked in a bank vault. It was a normal episode that was pretty well done. The other was an extended VerySpecialEpisode.
** Sometimes the gag is subverted:
---> '''Stewie:''' They'll come after you like Peter went after that hockey coach. [{{beat}}] [[AnimatedActors Oh, no clip]]? Oh, thought we had a clip. Nope? Okay."
** In "Believe It or Not, Joe Is Walking on Air", Peter compares a situation to giving a monkey the keys to an amusement park. However, no clip follows, and Lois asks what it has to do with anything.
** In "Spies Reminiscent of Us", Stewie is knocked out, and he can't set up the cutaway properly. This leads to him standing in an empty white room. Then, famous athlete Wilma Rudolph runs by. Stewie comments: "Obviously, she had something to do with the gag, but I didn't hear the setup, so I don't really know the context." Later in the same episode, the cast meets Vladimir Putin, who shows them a Russian CutawayGag, which consists of [[MindScrew a poorly animated yellow porcupine yelling in Russian until a loaf of bread lands nearby, at which point it starts laughing]].
** In the episode "Back to the Woods", James Woods steals Peter's identity and when he tries to get back with his family, James threatens him with activating a cutaway gag if he doesn't leave. Peter leaves in fear while Brian doesn't understand why he's so scared.
** The quote at the top of the page gets a CallBack later in the episode:
---> '''Peter:''' Guys, we have to re-cripple Joe. It's the right thing to do, just like taking out [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].\\
''[cut to Hitler juggling on the unicycle again. Peter walks up to him and kicks the unicycle out from under him, then punches him out]''\\
'''Peter:''' See? [[BrickJoke We had a plan for that all along.]]
** Yet another spoof comes in one episode where Peter says "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!" The scene changes to show [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Peter in bed with a lipstick-wearing horse]]; he glances at the camera and mutters "Um, I misspoke."
** One episode even had a [[UpToEleven Cutaway Gag within a Cutaway Gag]].
** In the episode "Back to the Pilot", Stewie and Brian time-travel [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin back to the pilot episode]]; rather than reuse the pilot's {{Cutaway Gag}}s, it shows that during the gags, the characters just freeze in place and wait for them to finish. And then there's a CutawayGag showing that the "modern" characters now take time to smoke/text/do their makeup/etc during their gags. Later in the same episode, a BadFuture version of Peter says, "Here's a cutaway" which is just him on a white background saying, "[=Matthew McConaughey=] is terrible".
** The 2011 Thanksgiving special involved Kevin Swanson returning home and admitting he went [=AWOL=] from the army. Peter refers to him as a "regular Benedict Arnold Drummond". Cut to the producers hopelessly confused and looking for a tape of [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Gary Coleman]] in a Napoleon hat. After giving up, they just put in one of the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Cowardly Lion]] as Creator/LindsayLohan's OB/GYN.
** They even have Cutaway Gags poking fun at Cutaway Gags. In one episode, there's a cutaway about the time Quagmire thought he was getting his own show (instead of Cleveland):
--->'''Quagmire:''' See you later, bitches. Have fun with your stupid, goddamn Giant Chicken jokes and your Conway Twitty... Hey, why is there a moving truck outside Cleveland's house?
** The episode where pot is legalized in Quahog leaves Peter too baked to set up a cutaway. He stumbles through the setup, then gives up and instead resigns himself to throwing a scrolling list of celebrities he dislikes up on the screen.
** In another episode, Peter "she's betrayed me worse than Lady Macbeth betrayed Duncan." We then cut to a spaceship, where Lady Macbeth is fighting a bear. Cut back to Peter admitting "I don't know Shakespeare very well."
** In another episode, Peter introduces one involving Creator/MichaelJFox, but then it cuts to him standing in front of a white background. He describes the entire flashback to the audience, explaining that [[DudeNotFunny the execs decided it was too low a blow]]...but then they decide to roll it after all, and they use the cutaway normally.
** In another episode, Peter says an intro to the cutaway, then cutting to Peter explaining to the audience that to enhance their reading abilities, he'll simply show a typed transcript of said cutaway. Unfortunately for the audience it was a visual gag.
** "Yug Ylimaf" has a reverse cutaway, where Brian says "This is more intense than when I fought a rabbit in that karate tournament" after we see said event.
** This actually becomes a plot point in "Finders Keepers". When Peter and Lois try to look for treasure in the Drunken Clam, they see it is closed, so Peter makes a cutaway setup to transport them inside.
** During early episode "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar", a gag references something [[LampshadeHanging that literally just happened]]:
--->'''Peter:''' A boat's a boat, but the mystery box could be anything! It could even be a boat! You know how much we've wanted one of those!\\
'''Lois:''' Then let's just--\\
'''Peter:''' We'll take the box!\\
''[cut to next scene]''\\
'''Lois:''' ''[sarcastic]'' "We'll take the box!" You gave up a boat for free tickets to a crappy comedy club.\\
'''Peter:''' C'mon Lois, you're acting like this is the first time I've ever done something stupid. You remember that time I was supposed to get that boat?\\
'''[entire punchline plays out again]'''\\
'''Lois:''' ''Peter, that just happened ten minutes ago.''
** A cutaway in "Life of Brian" that shows Stewie going forward in time to get a Christmas toy early actually provides {{foreshadowing}} to the events of "Christmas Guy".
** A cutaway gag in "Quagmire's Mom" referencing Peter's "karaoke phase" has Peter, for no adequately explained reason, wait through the opening to the Music/TheWho song "Baba O'Riley", the ENTIRE OPENING, before answering a question that Lois asks him.
** In "Fighting Irish", Liam Neeson sets up a cutaway gag showing a soldier dying. Peter then remarks that they usually have a joke when they do one of those.
** In "Roasted Guy" there's one that goes on for over ''two minutes'', featuring a wolf being tricked into saying, "Cock A Doodle" at the Moon, who then becomes a prostitute, which is a movie featuring Quagmire as the wolf. When it finally ends, Peter says the cutaway was so long, he forgot what he was talking about.
** In the {{Crossover}} episode "WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Guy" Peter tries to get Homer to set up one, which just confuses him, so Peter has to set it up himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' used this in the very first episode when [[IdiotHero Coop]] tried to explain to Kiva of how he "trained" for battle against the Glorft:
-->'''Kiva''': How did ''you'' get to be such a good pilot?\\
'''Coop (looking off into the distance)''': Well...\\
(Scene then fades into a {{Montage}} of Coop [[IKnowMortalKombat playing video games from when he was a child]], to his teen years, to his early adulthood)
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' was the TropeNamer when this trope was still called Manatee Gag. In the episode "Cartoon Wars", the writing staff of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' are revealed to be a group of manatees swimming around a water tank, randomly pushing around balls with words written on them. The episode featured several fake clips from ''Family Guy'' that all followed this format.
* ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' had a few per episode [[FollowTheLeader that all seemed to be directly inspired by]] ''Family Guy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has some examples:
** From the episode "The Bully":
--->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Oh, Gary! I'm too young to have my butt kicked! There's so many things in life that I haven't gotten to do!\\
''[scene cuts to [=SpongeBob=] working in an office cubicle]''\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Hello, I'll transfer your call.
** From the episode "Doing Time:"
--->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Patrick, she has lost it! She's completely institutionalized! She's forgotten to what it's like to live on the outside, to not be in prison!\\
''(Scene cuts to a man in traffic, then working in an office cubicle, then staring out his bedroom window.)''\\
'''Woman:''' Coming to bed, honey?\\
'''Man:''' Yes, dear.
** From the "Sun Bleached"
--->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' So Patrick, how do you feel?\\
'''Patrick:''' Like one of those young old folks from the soda commercials.\\
''(cut to a live-action old guy in a mock soda commercial)''
** In the episode "The Great Snail Race", as Spongebob is training Gary to participate in the race, at one point (after Spongebob lampshades [[MenAreStrongWomenArePretty sexist strategies in his training]]) the scene abruptly cuts to Sandy saying to herself, "I don't know ''why'', but I think I should kick Spongebob's butt tomorrow". And at the end of the episode [[BrickJoke she does just that]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has one [[OnceAnEpisode practically every episode]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had a few in the pilot episode, but quickly dropped them in an attempt to distance the show from ''Family Guy''.
** One episode {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the difference by having Stan give the setup for a Cutaway Gag and nothing happens other than Francine asking what on Earth he was doing.
** Also lampshaded when Roger tries a cutaway gag setup ("That was as obvious as the SequelHook at the end of ''Film/BatmanBegins''!"), but all it does is prompt Stan to ask what the hell that has to do with anything.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', an actual ''Family Guy'' SpinOff, will use cutaways, if not as often as its mother show. And like ''Family Guy'', it has occasionally made fun of them as well. One episode featured them using the same cutaway gag for three different situations.
* Creator/SethMacFarlane's use of this trope is spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' episode "Help Me" where he seems to be a RealityWarper that can make ''anything'' happen just by describing it and then having a cutaway of it happening.
-->'''Seth [=MacFarlane=]''': Robot Chicken? Why I haven't heard that name since it was renewed.\\
(Cutaway to Adult Swim president and CEO Keith Crawford saying ''"Robot Chicken is renewed."'')\\
'''Seth Green''': Wow! Uhh quick, offhandedly mention that time we [[ReedRichardsIsUseless ended world hunger]]!\\
'''Seth [=MacFarlane=]''': End world hunger? I haven't heard an idea that ridiculous since Scooby Jew.\\
(cutaway to Scooby Jew [[AllJewsAreCheapskates haggling]] over getting only one scooby-snack in exchange for doing a task.)
* Although it's not widely associated with them, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did a number of such gags in the early seasons. One commenter on an early DVD commentary even expressed surprise that they used to do so many. [[WordOfGod The same DVD commentary]] said they stopped because ''Family Guy'' was doing so many, in an attempt to be different. A particularly memorable gag is in the episode "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/TheSimpsonsS20E5DangerousCurves Dangerous Curves]]":
-->'''Alberto:''' Let me take you for a ride...\\
''[cut to glider in flight]''\\
'''Alberto:''' ...or should I say, glide?\\
'''Marge:''' I'm just happy you're talking again. You didn't say a word for 45 minutes.
* [[http://youtu.be/iuVDhLbvS4g Parodied]] (with a manatee-esque walrus) on ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' does them once in a while.
** A memorable instance from "The Power", where [[ItMakesSenseInContext the group arrives on the Moon thanks to Mordecai and Rigby's magic keyboard.]] They see a bunch of random objects and, when Mordecai asks how they got there, Rigby comments that while the others were in the bathroom...
--->'''Rigby''' (singing and playing The Power): A bunch of baby ducks, seeend 'em to the moon![=/=]Soda machine that doesn't work, seeend 'em to the moon!
** Benson just fired Rigby when he overhears him slacking off, he justified that Rigby never finishes his work, Rigby defends himself by saying he always finishes his work. Then cuts a few scenes showing Rigby slacking off in his job.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did these on occasion.
** More than once, they took advantage of having someone named Wakko in the cast, and led into the cutaway with the exchange:
--->"[[YoureInsane You're wacko!]]"\\
"No, ''he's'' Wakko." ''[cut to Wakko doing something funny]''
** In "Bully for Skippy":
--->'''Slappy:''' You're not my nephew, you're one of those body-snatching pod people I always read about in the check-out line!\\
''[scene cuts to Slappy at the supermarket reading a newspaper]''\\
'''Woman:''' That'll be $10.95.\\
'''Slappy:''' Hey, quit rushing me! Can't you see I'm trying to catch up on the news here?
** Another one had a character complaining about the Warners doing a StealthHiBye gag, saying that he told them not to do it anymore. Yakko's response is "Yeah, but [[NoFourthWall you didn't tell the writers!]]" Cut to the writers in hysterics as they put that gag in the script.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers''' "I Am Rainfo":
-->'''Brandy:''' Whiskers, think of all the fun we'll have with this lost stash of books!\\
''[cut to Brandy and Whiskers dancing while tearing out pages from a book]''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "Dragon Quest". After Twilight, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash don a [[PaperThinDisguise really really fake-looking dragon costume]], one of the real dragons notices them.
--->'''Garble:''' Who's this weirdo?\\
'''Other Dragon:''' I think he's Crackle's cousin.\\
''[cut to a dragon who just happens to look exactly like the costume]''
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E3CastleManeia Castle Mane-ia]]", Pinkie says she can't imagine why her testing of the school's new bell was cut short. We immediately cut to show [[HardHead exactly why.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' plays with this trope a bit, but unlike other shows, this show uses it as a method of {{Foreshadowing}} or to flesh out its plot and characters instead of just as a way to get easy laughs.[[note]]Especially with one TV cutaway gag where there was an episode where the characters have watched a TV show, which the title character of said show has a twin brother[[/note]]. In addition, it usually ends with a lampshade by one of the main characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' also makes rather frequent use of them, thanks to Spidey's continuous non-sequiturs, from imagining himself flying on a jetpack (after he says he'd love it if S.H.I.E.L.D. gave him one) to imagining Mary Jane as a female J. Jonah Jameson, haircut and all (when Peter finds out she'll do an internship at the Daily Bugle).
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "I Second That Emotion" has a cutaway gag in one scene. When Leela starts hugging and kissing Nibbler, Bender [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastically remarks]] "I have a busted ass, and I don't see anyone kissing it!" Cut to Zoidberg in another room sighing "Alright, I'm coming..."
* ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' used this in the episode "Knick Knack Paddy Whack", when Grim asks Dopey (whose disguised as a salesman selling snails) if a cat got his tongue. Then he says it happened to him once, and it really hurt. Cut to Grim standing before Hildy, an orange tabby hanging from the end of his tongue, and him mumbling as such to Hildy.
* In the TV version of the ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' episode "A Snoodle's Tale", Larry asks if Jimmy ever had a dream about a bagel, and Jimmy said he dreamed of a opera-singing aardvark, which cuts to an animated sequence about that exact thing.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode ''Total Rickall'' featured a group of shapeshifting parasites that put false memories into their victims' heads to convince them they'd always been there. They accomplished this by forcing Family Guy-esque cutaway gags.