I'm not a fan of his gimmick. It's too annoying, forced and terrible imo.
Definitely this. I never liked the gimmickless Parker, but this 60's era hippie gimmick is beyond lame and dated. As you say he should have at least updated it to be relevant now. A hipster would have been great, but he could even be one of those new age hippie types - but the stereotypical 60's caricature is beyond played out and unimaginative.His gimmick has the seeds of something workable in it, but it needs to be tweaked. Instead of going full-bore 60s hippie, he needs to update it with something like this:
Or these music festival kids:
There's something very authentic and funny there, especially if you draw from the core demographic of these groups - bourgeois young people running around and borrowing other people's subcultures because they're bored. Just like their parents, and their parents before them did.