Monday, December 22, 2008

Butt Puppets Help Us With the "Crappy Parts" of Being Poz presents CALL ME JOE a five part web-series (cut into one video, below) exploring gay dating and HIV disclosure with irreverent humor and a butt puppet“Call Me Joe”

When and how to tell a date, or perspective sex partner you’re positive is a nerve wracking, stomach-churning crisis every HIV+ person faces. “Will they freak out?” “Will I get rejected?” “How can I tell a stranger my most private fact?”

CALL ME JOE follows Dave (David LeBarron) as he falls in love with his new boyfriend Joe and puts off telling him about his HIV status until it may be too late. In an R-Rated Muppet twist, the role of Joe is played by a moon: (Yes, a man's butt with googly eyes.) hired the irreverent and HIV positive writer/performer David LeBarron to tackle the problem of creating dialogue about status disclosure through humor.

"Disclosure is pretty much the crappiest part about being positive, I mean besides the other crappy parts," David laughs, "so I wanted to create a piece that would make people talk, or possibly reference as a segue into their own status."


  1. Okay, this is pretty hilarious! Between the floppy blond wig and the scene at the bar (where Joe Anus splashes drinks on his cheeks), I was cracking up. And despite some stereotypes, the piece does shatter one: the TOP is HIV-positive

  2. Adorable - and heartbreaking.


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