Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
- 1 hr 37 min
In his directorial debut, Richard Pryor crafted a tale that is equal parts comedy and drama with a heavy dose of autobiographical material. Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling stars Pryor in the title role. The film starts at a point in time when Jo Jo has already achieved fame and wealth as a comedian. He is a veteran of the Beverly Hills cocaine scene, and it has taken its toll on his psyche. He admonishes himself to stop, yet continues to use drugs without restraint. This pattern of self-destruction culminates in an incident taken directly from Pryor's actual life. Jo Jo is badly burned in an accident while using cocaine. His injuries require long-term hospitalization. During his period of incapacity, Jo Jo develops a spiritual alter ego who separates himself from Jo Jo's body and reviews the events that shaped his life. The spirit visits the brothel where Jo Jo was raised and observes his childhood. He follows Jo Jo as he formulates and pursues his dream to become a successful standup comic. Along the way, he tries to steer the younger Jo Jo away from the pitfalls that would ultimately lead him down the path of self-destruction.