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When did MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’ become a spectacularly unfunny sketch comedy show? [VIDEO]

When MSNBC’s “The Cycle” debuted in 2012, it was supposed to be the liberal answer to Fox News’ “The Five” — a venue for left-wing commentators (and a token conservative) to discuss and debate the most important political stories of the day.

But in the past few months something went horribly, horribly wrong. More and more often, “The Cycle” now wraps up its 3 PM ET time slot with a comedic sketch so spectacularly awful, it takes the humor right out of “cringe-humor.”

Consider the above video, which aired Friday as a spoof of President Obama’s “Between Two Ferns” interview. Hosts Touré lobs lame jokes at co-host Krystal Ball, who plays a congressman defending the president’s decision to appear on Zach Galifianakis’ comedy program.

The performance defies all description, though “desperate” perhaps comes closest to capturing its essence. Daily Caller Patriot status will be awarded to any reader who makes it through all four minutes.

This is just the latest in a burgeoning trend for “The Cycle.” One week ago Touré, Krystal Ball and MSNBC host Joy Reid participated in a “racial draft” — this time ripping off Dave Chappelle’s awesome 2004 skit.

The theme of this draft, however, was to “attack inequality and make up for the dearth of inter-generational mobility by bring real wealth into our community.” Which apparently means drafting Bill Gates and the Koch brothers into the black race. Hilarious.

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And — proving there’s no limit to how far back Touré will go to desecrate a comedian’s legacy — here’s the MSNBC host using Johnny Carson’s “Carnac the Magnificent” to push left-wing talking points back in January.

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It wasn’t always like this. Granted,”The Cycle” was never the place for hard-hitting news, and it always excruciatingly liberal. But these types of cringe-worthy stunts rarely occurred before last year’s staff shake-up — when MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and CNN conservative commentator S.E. Cupp left for greener pastures.

Cupp, in particular, distinguished herself through her ability to politely eviscerate her co-hosts’ ridiculousness — like this incredulous 2012 response to Touré’s claim that presidential candidate Mitt Romney was engaging in the “niggerization” of President Obama.

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But Cupp is gone, and in her place is “Republican” Abby Huntsman, daughter of failed presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. She gets stomach aches from Ted Cruz, says her party needs to be “a little more sane” in 2014 and is Al Sharpton’s favorite Republican — hardly the ideal candidate to challenge the shenanigans of the hyper-liberals on the panel.

Any parent will tell you that kids run wild without proper discipline. And as the inane and offensive antics of Touré and Ball prove, the adults have long since left “The Cycle’s” circular table.

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