Last night at the end of blackish, Lawrence Fishburne’s character is talking to James Brown, a sleazy accountant. Brown tells him if he sews the pockets of his trousers shut, it becomes a costume. If he wears a costume for at least 5 minutes on stage, he can claim to be a performer and write it off as a business expense. Fishburne replies, “Let’s make it 10 minutes then, and take care of two fiscal years.”
Of course this is BS, but how much of it is truth? Are pants without pockets considered costumes, and is there a minimum time to be on stage and be able to claim your occupation is a performer?