Programa do Jô
|Programa do Jô|
|Presented by||Jô Soares|
|Country of origin||Brazil|
|No. of seasons||15|
|Original network||Rede Globo|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||April 3, 2000 – present|
The program is hosted by Brazilian comedian, author and musician Jô Soares, and follows the format of American talk shows such as Late Show with David Letterman. It began its life as Jô Soares Onze e Meia (Jô Soares Eleven Thirty) in 1988 on SBT. Following Jô Soares' return to Globo in 2000, the show was renamed as Programa do Jô, retaining the same format and late-night time slot.
The show usually features interviews with three guests and a live musical performance. Usually, if one of the guests is a musician or band, they return to perform at the end of the show. There are also occasions when the first guest stays on to continue the interview past the first commercial break, in which case the show only features 2 interviews. In most cases, the interviews are longer and more in-depth than those on Letterman's show.
Sexteto (The Sextet) are the show's house band. They usually perform in the beginning of the show, and during the commercial breaks. In the cases when there's no musical performance by a guest at the end of the show, the sextet (sometimes joined by Jô on the trumpet or bongos) also performs then. The bassist of the group, Bira, is known for his loud and long laughter, and has long been the target of most Jo's jokes.
A Chilean waiter, Luis Alexander Rubio Bernardes, known simply as Alex serves drinks (and sometimes food) to the guests and is also mocked frequently by Jô for his "incompetence" (often for things completely out of Alex's control).