Josh Kornbluth Failed to Pay Taxes for Seven Years, but at Least He Got a Good Monologue and Movie Out of It
Monologuist Josh Kornbluth doesn't seem like a fuck-up, but his stage shows pivot on extended life failures presented as his innate character. Love & Taxes is based on his stage monologue about the consequences of failing to file his tax returns for a seven-year period; his protracted fiduciary penance coincides with meeting and falling in love with a woman named Sara (Sarah Overman).
The film, directed by his brother Jacob Kornbluth, intercuts the stage show with comic reenactments of his experiences dealing with lawyers, the IRS and his charming, anxious girlfriend. As a writer, Kornbluth is vivid, funny and skilled at conveying characters, qualities he actually matches in performance. His flair with his voice manifests in two tax attorneys; one is Bob, a kindly old corporate lawyer for whom Josh works as a legal secretary. Onstage, Josh celebrates Bob's expressive deployment of corporate taxation language, which includes "reverse double-dummy maneuvers" and "collapsible corporation rulings."