Comedian Eric Moneypenny is looking for Kickstarter backers to help him with his simple dream: becoming the new owner and CEO of Kickstarter.
Moneypenny's project, which hasn't yet been approved and is still in the "preview" stage on the popular crowdfunding site, seeks $19 million in order to acquire Kickstarter itself.
Backer rewards include "I will help fund your web series" ($2000) and "I will personally autograph your Kickstarter" ($100).
There are a couple of major obstacles standing in the way of Moneypenny's joke project accidentally (and awesomely) becoming real. First, no Kickstarter fundraiser has ever reached $19 million (Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions just set the new record with $3.3 million). And second, the project likely violates Kickstarter's rules.
There's a ban on "fund my life" projects, including starting a new business. Buying an old business doesn't seem to fit into any of site's approved categories, either -- Moneypenny has shoehorned it into "technology."
Plus, as funny as it would be if it succeeded, putting a comedian with no business experience in charge of Kickstarter is probably not the best way to ensure that more video games get funded.
In all fairness, though, the pizza party he plans to throw will probably be amazing.