Five Hip American Idol Moments

Taylor Hick’s recent triumphant turn on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, joining Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon to send up the ubiquitous You Tube meme, “Friday”,    got me  thinking about similar appearances by past Idols that were also, hip, funny and self-referential.

Appearing in the skit was a total win for Taylor because it showcased him as a cool, funny guy, totally able to laugh at himself–pretty much the criteria I used to pick some clips.

I went through my archives and dug up 5:

David Archuleta’s recent cameo on Tosh.0, Clay Aiken’s funny guest appearance on 30 Rock, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen’s post Idol appearance on Best Week Ever, Brooke White’s parody commercial on BWE, and Sanjaya Malakar’s Top 10 appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Have some weekend Fun Fun Fun watching the clips, in no particular order, after the jump.

Video After the Jump…

David Archuleta on Tosh.0

The teenage girls who uploaded a video of themselves freaking out after David Archuleta came in second to David Cook on American Idol took part in a Tosh.0 “Video Redemption”.

The girls are good sports and in a clever send-up of the movie Seven, David makes a very surprising cameo at the end.

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Clay Aiken on 30 Rock

Clay Aiken joined Mary J. Blige and Elvis Costello on 30 Rock, in a cameo appearance that showed off Clay’s impressive comic timing.

Coerced into performing at Jack’s telethon for his long-lost dad, who is in need of a kidney transplant, Clay duets with new BFF Elvis Costello on the big, “We Are the World” type number, “Just Give Me A Kidney”! (My favorite moment).

Clay Aiken, Elvis Costello and Mary J. Blige need no convincing

“Just Give a Kidney”

Adam Lambert and Kris Allen on Best Week Ever

In the days after American Idol wrapped, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert dropped by VH1’s Best Week Ever for some hilarious comedy. Kris shouts the infamous YAY CAPES, and Adam answers the BIG question on all our minds…


Adam answers THE Question

Brooke White on Best Week Ever

The super-adorable Brooke White proved she could send up embarrassing moments (like starting a song over in front of millions of people on live TV) in this mock album commercial “Brooke White Stops and Starts the Classics” for Best Week Ever. Super cute!

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Sanjaya Malakar on Letterman

Jordin Sparks may have won Season 6 of American Idol, but Sanjaya Malakar was, hands down, the pop culture icon of the season. After he was eliminated in 6th place, he headed to the Late Show with David Letterman to read a Top 10 list, “Things I Learned on American Idol”. No other Idol made a Letterman appearance that season.

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