Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling

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Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Pryor
Produced by Richard Pryor
Written by Rocco Urbisci
Paul Mooney
Richard Pryor
Starring Richard Pryor
Debbie Allen
Michael Ironside
Music by Herbie Hancock
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • May 2, 1986 (1986-05-02)
Running time
97 min.
Language English
Box office $18,034,150[1]

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling is a 1986 semi-autobiographical[2] film starring Richard Pryor. This was the first[3] and only feature film he directed (although he is credited as such on the screen version of Richard Pryor: Here and Now).


Pryor plays Jo Jo Dancer, a popular stand-up comedian who has severely burned himself in a drug incident. The film came out after Pryor had severely burned himself in an attempted suicide.

As Dancer lies hospitalized in a coma, his spiritual alter ego revisits his life, from growing up in a brothel as a child and struggling to beat the long odds to become a top-rated comedian. However, his success leads to extensive drug use and womanizing that takes its toll on his life. Jo Jo's spirit watches and attempts to convince his past self to end the cycle of self-destruction.



The earlier parts of the film were shot in Pryor's hometown of Peoria, Illinois.


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