Short-Lived Shows: Crossballs
Crossballs, as its name suggests, was a comedic take on shows like Crossfire, Hardball, and any other news analysis show where experts and pundits yell at each other but nothing is really said nor learned.
The show, aired on Comedy Central and hosted by Chris Tallman, would invite people to come on and debate a specific topic. What these people didn't know was that the people they were debating were actually comedians just pretending to be experts. The series was co-created by Matt Besser of Upright Citizens Brigade, who also played various "experts" on the show. Besides the fact that those who came on the show thought it was a real news show, what really made it work was that it was just as inane as the obnoxious pontificating that went on during the more "legitimate" programs it spoofed. It was funny, but then, so is Hannity and Colmes, just unintentionally so. Despite the fact that those who were invited on the show weren't in on the joke, the comedians made themselves the element of ridicule. A funny show based on a kind of "one note" concept, it's no surprise it only lasted a few episodes, as it would have been difficult to stretch the idea much further than that.