A dramatic behind-the-scenes look at show business. JO JO DANCER: YOUR LIFE IS CALLING stars Richard Pryor as a well-known comedian at the peak of his popularity and the bottom rung of his self-esteem. JoJo has it all - Hollywood stardom, movie roles, platinum records. But the price he pays for fame and fortune is too great. He buckles under the pressures of success and suffers a life-threatening accident. Forced to examine his life, the film follows Jo Jo, the film follows JoJo's upbringing in a brothel, to classic comedy performances in cellar nightclubs, to ultimate stardom as a rowdy, irreverent comic. This film marks Pryor's directing debut with his personal vision of one man's odyssey of triumph and tragedy.

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Jo Jo Dancer: Your Life Is Calling (1986)

Drama · 1h 37m

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A dramatic behind-the-scenes look at show business. JO JO DANCER: YOUR LIFE IS CALLING stars Richard Pryor as a well-known comedian at the peak of his popularity and the bottom rung of his self-esteem. JoJo has it all - Hollywood stardom, movie roles, platinum records. But the price he pays for fame and fortune is too great. He buckles under the pressures of success and suffers a life-threatening accident. Forced to examine his life, the film follows Jo Jo, the film follows JoJo's upbringing in a brothel, to classic comedy performances in cellar nightclubs, to ultimate stardom as a rowdy, irreverent comic. This film marks Pryor's directing debut with his personal vision of one man's odyssey of triumph and tragedy.

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Cast
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Richard Pryor

Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
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Debbie Allen

Michelle
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Art Evans

Arturo
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Fay Hauser

Grace
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Barbara Williams

Dawn
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Carmen McRae

Grandmother
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Paula Kelly

Satin Doll
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Diahnne Abbott

Mother
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Scoey Mitchell

Father
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Billy Eckstine

Johnny Barnett
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Tanya Boyd

Alicia
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Wings Hauser

Cliff
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E'Lon Cox

Little Jo Jo
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Michael Ironside

Detective Lawrence
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J.J. Barry

Sal
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Mike Genovese

Gino (as Michael Genovese)
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Marlene Warfield

Sonja
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Virginia Capers

Emma Ray
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Dennis Farina

Freddy
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Frederick Coffin

Dr. Weissman
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Richard Grossman

Dr. Carlyle (as Dr. Richard Grossman)
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Ken Foree

Big Jake
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Gloria Charles

Lady at Grandmother's House
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Mary Bond Davis

Lady at Grandmother's House
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Cheri Wells

Lady at Grandmother's House
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Valerie McIntosh

Lady at Grandmother's House
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Bebe Drake

Angry Prostitute (as Bebe Drake-Massey)
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Charlie Dell

John #1
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Teri Hafford

Olivia
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Edy Roberts

Madelyn
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Michael Prince

Screening Room Producer
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Rocco Urbisci

Screening Room Director
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Rod Gist

Manager
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Elizabeth Robinson

Secretary
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Beau Starr

Vito
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Lou B. Washington

Backstage Manager (as Ludie C. Washington)
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Kiblena Peace

Joy
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Larry Murphy

Male Attendant
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Linda Hoy

Emergency Room Nurse
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Dennis Hayden

Policeman #1
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Sam Hennings

Policeman #2
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Rashon Khan

Bodyguard (as Rashon Kahn)
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Charles Knapp

Fat Man
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Tracy Morgan

Female Heckler
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Gary Allen

Male Heckler
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Jack Andreozzi

Gangster #1
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Martin Azarow

Gangster #2
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Dean Wein

Stage Hand
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Sig Frohlich

Ziggy
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Joanna Lipari

Nightclub Patron
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Jo Ann Mann

Madam
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Richard Daugherty

John #2
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Alicia Shonte Harvey

Waitress (as Alicia Shonté Harvey)
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Robin Torell

Michelle's Dance Partner
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Laura Rae

Dawn's Friend
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Ericka Marr

Showgirl (as Erika Marr)
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Angella Mitchell

Showgirl
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Laura Sorrenson

Showgirl (as Roxanne Rolle)
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Geraldine Mason

Showgirl
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Michael Anthony Williams

Raymond (as Michael Williams)
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Deon Pearson

Charlie
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Dorothy McLennan

Dorothy
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Erastus Spencer

Mr. Spencer
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Edwin Hausam

Desk Clerk
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Howard L.W. Fortune

Hotel Bouncer
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Dewayne Taylor

Boy on Bus
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Jimmy Binkley Group

House Band at Spencer's
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Robert Gus Blue

Drug Dealer (uncredited)
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Gene Cross

Heckler (uncredited)
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Helen Kelly

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Tom Lawrence

Emergency Room Doctor (uncredited)
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Suzanne Niles

Dressing Room Fan (uncredited)
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Maureen C. Solomon

Girl at Jo Jo's Party (uncredited)
Crew
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Richard Pryor

Director
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Rocco Urbisci

Writer
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Paul Mooney

Writer
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Richard Pryor

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Richard Pryor in JoJo Dancer: Your Life Is Calling

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling

(DVD, Box)

9/28/2021

Disc Title Front Cover

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling

(DVD)

9/29/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

JoJo Dancer, Your Life is Calling

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

2/19/2002

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