José Eugênio "Jô" Soares (Rio de Janeiro, January 16, 1938 – São Paulo, August 5, 2022) was a Brazilian comedian, television presenter, writer, playwright, theater director, actor and musician. He gained notoriety in command of television programs in talk-show format in Brazil, such as Jô Soares Onze e Meia between 1988 and 1999 on SBT and Programa do Jô between 2000 and 2016 on Globo. on August 5, it had repercussions both in Brazilian society and in the international press.
Born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, José Eugênio Soares was the only child of businessman Orlando Heitor Soares and housewife Mercedes Pereira Leal. On his maternal side, he was the great-grandson of councilor Filipe José Pereira Leal, a diplomat and politician who, in Imperial Brazil, was president of the province of Espírito Santo. On his father's side, he was the great-nephew of Francisco Camilo de Holanda, president of the province of Paraíba. Jô wanted to be a diplomat as a child. He studied at Colégio de São Bento do Rio de Janeiro, Colégio São José de Petrópolis, and in Lausanne, Switzerland, at Lycée Jaccard, with this objective. During his stay in Switzerland he gained the nickname "Joe", reductive of the English version of his name, Joseph, as well as a reference to the popular song "Hey Joe!" by Frankie Laine. Later he would reduce to Jo. However, he realized that his keen sense of humor and innate creativity pointed in another direction.
Possessing a versatile talent, in addition to acting, directing, writing scripts, books and plays, Jô Soares was also a fan of jazz and even presented a radio program on the now-defunct Jornal do Brasil AM, in Rio de Janeiro, in addition to of an experience in the also extinct Antena 1 Rio de Janeiro.
1956 – Debut on television in the cast of Praça da Alegria, at the time on RecordTV, where he stayed for 10 years.
1965 – Stars in the only soap opera of his career, the comedy Ceará against 007, the highest-rated plot that year in Brazil. Also on Record.
1967 – In "Família Trapo", he wrote the script alongside Carlos Alberto de Nóbrega and played Gordon, the clumsy and uncompensated butler. Last work on Record.
1971 – "Make Humor, Don't Make War" was TV Globo's first comedy show to feature the comedian. The show in the midst of the Cold War and the Vietnam conflict played with the pacifist hippie slogan "Make love, don't make war".
1973 — "Satiricom", a new comedy show on TV Globo, directed by Augusto César Vanucci, wrote scripts with Max Nunes and Haroldo Barbosa. The attraction satirized the title of Federico Fellini's eponymous film - "Satyricon". In promoting the program, however, they said it was "communication satire" in a world that had become a "global village", an expression that was in vogue after the early years of satellite TV.
1976 - "Planeta dos Homens", new satire with cinema - this time, the film series "O Planeta dos Macacos", acted with screenplays by Haroldo Barbosa.
1981 — "Viva o Gordo", directed by Walter Lacet and Francisco Milani, was his first solo show. It had scripts by Armando Costa. It gave rise to the spectacle of the genre "one man show" by Jô called "Viva o Gordo, Below the Regime" (an explicit satire of the 1964 Military Coup still in force at that time). The program's openings played with special effects using the technique of inserting images of Jô between famous scenes from the cinema (as in "Cliente Morto Não Paga" and "Zelig") or "acting opposite" national and international politicians, such as Orestes Quercia, Jânio Quadros, Ronald Reagan, etc.
1982 — Participation in the "Chico Anysio Show".
Participation in the children's musical "Plunct, Plact, Zuuum".
Comments in Jornal da Globo until 1987.
1988 — "Veja o Gordo", debuts on SBT with the same and