This compelling story centers on Jo Jo Dancer (Richard Pryor), a well-known comedian at the peak of his popularity, and the bottom rung of his self-esteem. Jo Jo has it all - stardom, movie roles, record deals. But the price he pays for fame and fortune is too great. After buckling under the pressures of success and suffering a life-threatening accident, Jo Jo examines his life over the past four decades - from his upbringing in a brothel, to performances in seedy cellar nightclubs, to ultimate stardom as a rowdy, irreverent comic. Featuring music by Herbie Hancock and a score of rhythm and blues classic hits, this film marks Pryor's directorial debut with his personal vision of one man's odyssey of triumph and tragedy.