|Birth name||José Eugênio Soares|
January 16, 1938|
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Medium||Talk show host, stand-up, television, author, actor, musician, comedian|
|Years active||Since 1954|
|Genres||Observational comedy, surreal humor, deadpan|
|Subject(s)||Self-deprecation, everyday life|
|Notable works and roles||Host of Programa do Jô (2000–present), Jô Soares Onze e Meia (1988–1999), Viva o Gordo (1981–1987), Satiricom (1972–1975), Faça Humor, Não Faça Guerra (1970–1972)|
José Eugênio "Jô" Soares (born January 16, 1938 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian comedian, talk show host, author, theatrical producer, director, actor, painter and musician.
Soares was born in Rio de Janeiro. After being educated in Switzerland and the United States, Soares returned to Rio and worked at TV Rio in 1958, writing and performing in comedy shows for the station. He acted as an American in Carlos Manga's O Homem do Sputnik. In 1970, Soares started working at Rede Globo.
In 1988, Soares moved to SBT, where he hosted a talk-show, Jô Soares Onze e Meia ("Jô Soares Eleven Thirty"), until 1999. In 2000, Soares took his show's format (very similar to David Letterman's) back to Rede Globo, where it was then called Programa do Jô, and hosts the program until the present day.
His first novel O Xangô de Baker Street was written in 1995 and has already been published in several other countries; it was made into a film in 2000. He has put out various jazz CDs. He has also produced many plays including a recent version of Richard III.
- O Xangô de Baker Street (A Samba for Sherlock) (1995)
- O Homem Que Matou Getúlio Vargas (Twelve Fingers) (1998)
- Assassinatos na Academia Brasileira de Letras (2005)
- As Esganadas (2011)
At Globo TV
- 1970–1972: Faça Humor, Não Faça Guerra
- 1972–1975: Satiricom
- 1976–1982: Planeta dos Homens
- 1981–1987: Viva o Gordo
- 2000–present: Programa do Jô
- 1988–1999: Jô Soares Onze e Meia
- Rohter, Larry (2002-08-25). "TELEVISION/RADIO; Brazil's Renaissance Showman Can't Be Contained by a Talk Show". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-06.