The term "house poor" suggests that although a person owns a house, he is or she is relatively broke thanks to mortgage payments, property taxes, and associated home ownership costs. If you're house poor, your assets are ideally increasing because you own property, but your monthly liquid assets are tight. Translation: you've got digs you can't afford to furnish. In the new StrikeTV web series House Poor, Mindy Kaling (The Office's Kelly Kapoor) is a prime case of this. In the series, she resorts to outlandish efforts in order to furnish her real-life new home. To see the first episode, where she fakes her own pregnancy and registers for furniture at Crate & Barrel and Z Gallerie for her "baby" shower (warning: some NSFW language), read more
Well, at least one good thing came out of last Winter's writers' strike. This week brought the launch of Strike.tv, a venture for comedy writers to put their own content on the Web without the interference of networks. (Think Dr. Horrible, but with even more people involved.)
Several of the web series are up now, including one called House Poor starring The Office's Mindy Kaling as a new homeowner who will stop at nothing (er, not even faking a pregnancy) to set up her dream house. Kaling also pops up in Global Warming, a series starring Kristen Wiig and The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi as two coworkers and possible lovers connected only by their online tech support chats. There's lots more to come; check out the whole list.
Not only is it good content, but it also has a good cause: Its ad revenue benefits the Actors Fund's Entertainment Assistance Program, which distributes money to Hollywood workers (camera crews, set decorators, carpenters, etc.) hurt by the writers' strike and the threat of an actors' strike. This year, the fund has already given $1.3 million dollars in aid. So, get clicking!