Switch! and its successor, Switch Reloaded are German comedy shows, which parody other TV shows (and occasionally, movies) from Germany, the United States and sometimes other nations. The sketches are pretty short - just like what you'd get if you switch the channel all the time.Unrelated to the American Crime and Punishment Series with Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner.Some of the shows parodied by Switch!:
Bestiality Is Depraved: They have to guess the word "zoo" on Hot Streak, so the first player starts with "you like animals, don't you?", and the second player suspiciously counters, "What do you mean by that?", and it ends with, "But that happened just one time!"
Calvin Ball: Langeoog-Lochen and other games suggested by Hoecker are this.
Camp Gay: The prisoners in "Hinter Gitterchen - der Männerknast" (behind little bars - the men's prison).
The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Switch often seems to spare no effort to catch the feel of the shows they are spoofing, like creating sets that look uncannily close to the real ones.note If the show spoofed is from the same TV channel or channel group, the set may perhaps even be the real thing! Another example is that somehow parodies of American Series actually sound as if they were dubbed.
Election Night: Parodied, of course. The guy responsible for the pie diagrams decides to give all parties different colors than they have IRL which he finds more aesthetic, also doesn't care for their actual percentages in favor of more pleasing sizes, and even leaves out one big party completely.
Also, a candidate in Wetten Dass (very popular German show where people bet that they can achieve something Crazy Awesome, like recognizing the color of crayons by taste) bets that he can take ten glasses and put them, in just ten minutes, NEXT to each other - with his four helpers!
Paper-Thin Disguise: The comedians play the game "Who am I?" (where you put a sticky note with the name of a famous person on your forehead). One of them (a bald guy!) guesses correctly that he's supermodel Claudia Schiffer and says it out loud. Then, suddenly fans of Claudia ask for his autograph, and a photographer pays him to shoot a topless photo. Until the sticky note falls off...
Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Friedrich Nietzsche stating his famous "God is dead" (sorry, I meant: "God! Is! DEAD!!!"). Parodies an infamous German telephone sex ad with a dominatrix saying (rather narmy): "Ruf! <whips> Mich! <whips> AN!!! <whips>" - "Call me now!")
Hoecker appeared as a candidate wearing a funny nose on Jeopardy! Essentially, you could only understand the vowels of his speech. This went on for a while, then the showmaster asked him to take off the fake nose. Which he did. And then you saw (er, heard) that he always talked like that.