Back when I was growing up, Ed Begley, Jr. was best known as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on St. Elsewhere. But now, he's best known as a true green-living individual who rides his bike everywhere, a somewhat viral video on YouTube where he and Fox anchor Stuart Varney argue over global warming, and to Spinal Tap completists who remember his great drumming on "Gimme Some Money." Begley, along with his wife and daughter, are looking for funding through Kickstarter for a web series about the trials and tribulations of building an LEED-certified home.
"On Begley Street" To Feature DIY Environment-Friendly Home Building, Hilarity
The hope is to raise $25,000 through Kickstarter by March 17, which will be matched by the Begleys and their partners. In addition to people maybe just wanting to help out, there are incentive-based reasons to help fund the project. For instance, if you donate exactly $2,151, voice actor Raphael Sbarge, who voices Kaidan Alenko in the video game series Mass Effect, will record your outgoing message to whatever device you use, and you'll get a video of him doing it, and a signed copy of the game. Of course, there are incentives for all sorts of levels even if you'd like to donate a dollar.
You think Ed Begley, Jr. isn't serious about the environment? Take a look at the aforementioned video with Fox's Stuart Varney, and you will feel like you're getting stabbed with Begley, Jr.'s index finger:
The web series will focus on the building of an LEED-certified home in Studio City, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It's a rating system established in 1998 that awards credits based on Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Extra points can be earned through achievements in design innovation and other factors. All of those credits can then be converted into (from Wikipedia): tax credits, tax breaks, density bonuses, reduced fees, priority or expedited permitting, free or reduced-cost technical assistance, grants and low-interest loans.
Here is the pitch for the web series:
The series promises to have a lot of surprise guest stars. It sounds like it's going to be a "reality" series with some of it being scripted, some of it being improvised. Would you like to help Ed Begley, Jr. out? The Kickstarter page is here.