A sarcastic phrase meant to downplay the complaint or misfortune of another person, similar to playing the world's tiniest violin with one's fingers.

It is a reference to the assassination of President Lincoln. Can be substituted with any phrase referring to a tragic event, such as, "Other than that, how was the flight, Sullie?"
"I just found out I have to work this weekend."
"Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"
by Krizzaus May 14, 2010
You say this dark/macabre humor phrase to lighten things up when both people have been discussing sad topics. You laugh a little bit because it is so bad to say and then you move on to talking about lighter subject things again. It is a segue (pronounced seg-way) / (a conversational bridge)from sad subjects back to lighter ones.

I find it very useful, although some people have not heard it before and they get confused and don't know what you are talking about, so you have to explain it to them. Then they laugh and you both move on to lighter subjects.
Wow, that's too bad that your friend's sister's hairdresser's brother got in a car accident and lost his pinky toe. (both people feel sad and there is silence and conversation is halted) and so another person says , "But other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play!" Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln? And that is a shocking and awful thing to say, but it makes people laugh because it is so shocking and awful. Do not say this though if something is really really sad, because it will not lighten things up and it will make people mad and hurt their feelings.
by QUEENBEETV March 8, 2017
A sarcastic phrase meant to reveal a deceptive statement that downplays the significance of fundamental events.
"Other than killing him, I never heart him!" ... - Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
"Other than all the names I called her, I never bulled her!" ... - Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
by racken February 23, 2016