Mo Rocca in 2008
|Birth name||Maurice Alberto Rocca|
January 28, 1969 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Medium||Television, Radio, Blog|
|Notable works and roles||The Daily Show
The Tonight Show
Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!
CBS Sunday Morning
My Grandmother's Ravioli
The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation
Maurice Alberto "Mo" Rocca (January 28, 1969) is an American humorist, journalist and actor. He is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, the host and creator of My Grandmother's Ravioli on the Cooking Channel, and also the host of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation on CBS. He is the moderator of the National Geographic Society's National Geographic Bee.
Early life and work
Rocca was born in Washington, D.C.; his mother immigrated there from Bogotá, Colombia in 1956 at age 28, and his father [was] third generation Italian-American from Leominster, Massachusetts. He attended Georgetown Preparatory School, the Jesuit boys' school in North Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in literature. He served as president of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, performing in four of the company's notorious burlesques and co-authoring one (Suede Expectations).
Writing and producing
His first television work was as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning children's television series Wishbone. He also wrote for The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss on the Nickelodeon TV channel and Pepper Ann on the ABC TV network.
Satire and journalism
From 1998 to 2003, Rocca was a regular correspondent for The Daily Show, which gave him his start in television. His work included campaign coverage for Indecision 2000 and a regular feature called "That's Quite Interesting."
In 2004, he served as a convention-floor correspondent for Larry King Live at the Democratic- and Republican-party conventions.
Rocca is a regular correspondent to CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley. His work includes cover stories, features, and profiles (such as of Chris Rock and Amy Schumer) with an emphasis on presidential history.
In 2012, he became a regular contributor to the then-new CBS This Morning.
Rocca's satirical novel, All the Presidents' Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over, deals with American presidents, their pets, and reporters and was published by Crown Books in 2004.
Food and other television
Rocca is the host and creator of the program My Grandmother's Ravioli on the Cooking Channel beginning in 2012, for which he travels across the United States, learning to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers in their kitchens.
Rocca was a commentator on VH1's I Love the '70s and I Love the '80s. He was the host of Bravo's Things I Hate About You channel and Whoa! Sunday, which premiered in 2005 on the Animal Planet TV channel. He also made guest appearances on Authority (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Contract (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), both in 2008.
Film and other media
Rocca appeared in the 2005 film Bewitched and, in 2007, in the independent science-fiction family comedy I'll Believe You with fellow Daily Show alumnus Ed Helms. In 2012, Rocca was the narrator of the documentary Electoral Dysfunction, a movie which satirically analyzes the American voting system and which aired on PBS in 2012 and 2016.
During Pope Francis's 2015 trip to New York City, Rocca delivered a scripture reading (in Spanish) during the Mass at Madison Square Garden.
His contribution to AOL Newsbloggers was titled Mo Rocca 180°: Only Half as Tedious as the Regular News.
In July 2011, Rocca revealed on The Six Pack podcast (episode 73) that he is gay. His participation in Pope Francis' September 2015 Mass in Madison Square Garden was hailed by gay rights advocates.
- Mo Rocca, Celebrity College Flashback, US News
- CAROLYN KLARECKI, "Mo Rocca: from TV-loving tyke to mass-media personality", Michigan Daily, 29 September 2009, accessed 22 March 2012
- Als, Hilton (29 October 2012). "Critic's Notebook: Hear This". The New Yorker.
- Mo Rocca page on Comedy Central
- Julie Hinds, "Mo Rocca Takes Satire To A Presidential Level", Detroit Free Press, carried at Orlando Sentinel, 15 October 2004, accessed 22 March 2012
- "Social Media Reacts to Mo Rocca Reading at Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden". NBC New York. September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
- "Mo Rocca Shares Reading at Mass for Pope Francis", NBC News
- "Mo Rocca 180°: Only Half as Tedious as the Regular News", Newsbloggers
- "The Daily Show's Mo Rocca Comes Out", The Advocate
- "Mo Rocca's Starring Role In Pope's Mass Thrills LGBT Advocates", Huffington Post
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