Famed for his wacky, tongue-in-cheek “fake news” reports, Mo Rocca is a contributor to NBC’s “Tonight Show” and CBS’ “Sunday Morning.” He was a former correspondent for “The Daily Show” and is also a regular contributor to VH1’s “I Love…” and NPR’s “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me.”
"I'd rather call myself a mischief-maker--an 'imp'--rather than a satirist. 'Satirist' sounds so self-important. Plus, no one else is calling himself an imp right now. It makes me feel special."
"I know a lot about a few things--mostly useless things."
The former president of Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Rocca began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy winning PBS children's series "Wishbone."
Rocca also served as consulting editor at the adult men's magazine "Perfect 10." Doing "pre-school by day and porn by night" helped prepare him for the broad range of topics he'd tackle on "The Daily Show," where his eccentric profiles ranged from a man obsessed with first ladies to the point that he dresses as Florence (Warren) Harding, to a husband/wife pet-mummification team.
"Too many Americans are lazy when it comes to studying low-brow culture. I've given all these shows--'Punky Brewster,' 'Webster'--the thought they deserve."
"It all started when I was 11. I said to myself: 'People in prison are different. I want to be different, too.'"
Rocca's book, "All the Presidents' Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over," is a tour-de-force of investigative journalism that blows the lid off of a long-held Washington secret: Presidential pets are more than just photo-ops. Equal parts "All the President's Men," "Charlotte's Web" and "The Da Vinci Code," "Pets" is the journalistic watershed event of the decade. Really.
"I've been on Telemundo 'cause I'm half-Colombian. I have not been on BET, but that's just because I'm especially pale right now."
A native of Washington, D.C., Mo Rocca resides in New York City.
NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum program from April 27, 2007.
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