June 16, 1997 12:00 PM

HBO (Mon., June 16, 11 p.m. ET)

A-

With wit and honesty in abundance and pathos in moderation, this winning first-person special tells the true-life story of Steve Moore, a gay stand-up comic who refuses to let HIV get him down. Through performance footage and reenactments of funny, strange and touching moments from his past (cleverly directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato), Moore recounts what it was like dating a “good girl” in his hometown of Danville, Va. (and not being disappointed by her unwillingness to “put out”), marrying a Canadian lesbian so she could qualify for a green card (and introducing his wife and her lover to his mom and dad), looking for love in Los Angeles bars and bathhouses (“My wife had a relationship)—why shouldn’t I?”) and “auditioning” with a doctor to get the new AIDS drugs that have kept him going. There’s something inspiring about the bond between Moore and his openly unhip parents, Wilma and Skeets, whose supportive-ness extends to good-humored participation in this frequently raunchy film. But if you’re easily offended, expect some discomfort.

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