We’ve seen Ed Helms’ comedic side in “The Hangover” and we see him portray funnyman Andy Bernard every Thursday on “The Office.” You may even remember hearing his voice as the evil Once-ler in Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” but now the actor is revealing his good environmental side.
If you’re a fan of “The Office” you’ve seen Helms bust out in song. Now, he is releasing a debut bluegrass album and if you’re lucky you can also see him at the bluegrass music festival he co-founded, The L.A. Bluegrass Situation, where he will also be supporting the environment.
The fest’s finale concert will be held on Sunday at TreePeople’s headquarters in Coldwater Canyon Park in the Hollywood Hills. “I just love sort of conceptually being up on top of the ridge up there in the woods for the concert. Bluegrass music started in the trees of the Appalachian hills,” Helms told The Hollywood Reporter.
TreePeople is an L.A. based environmental organization that plants trees around the city with help from schoolchildren. Founded in 1973, it strives to green communities and neighborhoods. So far, thanks to TreePeople 2 million trees have been planted in L.A.
“What I get from it is a feeling of being responsible citizens in a giant urban environment and helping increasing awareness of our environmental impact and how to better manage it,” he said.
Helms also revealed he has a favorite tree, the jacaranda, but it also gets on his nerves. The jacaranda has beautiful lavender flowers that are currently blooming throughout the city.
He explained, “I live on the East Side and there’s a little street near me that has a canopy of jacarandas. So when those guys burst into lavender glory, it’s a beautiful little tunnel of purple. I also have one in my backyard. And then they drop those flowers and they get all sticky and gross on your windshield. On the one hand, they are so beautiful. On the other hand, they are like ‘Screw you and your cars for screwing up our environment. This is our revenge.’”
Unfortunately five of the six shows of Helms’ music festival are sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t support the environment individually.