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Crossballs: The Debate Show

Crossballs: The Debate Show
Created by Matt Besser
Charlie Siskel
Starring Chris Tallman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 24
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel Comedy Central
Original run July 6 – August 27, 2004 (2004-08-27)

Crossballs: The Debate Show is a Comedy Central television show which poked fun at cable news networks' political debate shows, especially CNN's Crossfire and MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. In each episode, comedians posing as experts on a particular subject would debate two real commentators. The true experts were unaware that the show was a sham. Topics ranged from reality television to religion to violence in video games.

It debuted on July 6, 2004 and ran for eight weeks. It aired Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The twenty-third and final episode aired on August 24, 2004. Show number 24 ("Pistol Whipped America") was taped but never aired, after one of the unsuspecting guests, James March, threatened to sue Comedy Central.

Cast members

Notable real guests

External links

  • Crossballs: The Debate Show at the Internet Movie Database
  • Crossballs: The Debate Show at
  • articleDigital Spy
  • Crossballs Puzzle: Why don't the guests on Comedy Central's fake debate show get the joke?, Jacob Sullum, Reason, July 30, 2004
  • CrossballsEmail account of nearly appearing on by Lauren Weinstein
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