This is getting ridiculous. Yes his appearance on American Idol was funny. That is why the producers allowed him to make it on air. Yet Westword writers want us to believe that this was some kind of Tony Clifton level of performance. It is so obvious he got on because he could be reliably wacky, not unlike the wacky neighbor on a sitcom. His appearance wasn't a prank, it was a calculated move to get the "crazy" guy on tv. And the crazy guy didn't break character. So good for him, but please stop acting like everyone involved with the show wasn't in on the joke.