Mo Rocca of 'Daily Show' fame will appear at UF


Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 2:15 a.m.
Mo Rocca, a nationally known comedian, author and political commentator, has been booked to speak on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, according to a news release.
The Accent Speakers Bureau is paying Rocca, whose birth name is Maurice Alberto Rocca, $25,000 to present a current-events-based comedy routine, Accent Chairman Andrew Brown said.
Rocca, best known for his three years as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," recently released his first book titled "All the Presidents' Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over," which suggests the presidents' dogs are actually making the decisions in Washington. "Everything in the book is true, except the part about (White House correspondent) Helen Thomas living beneath the White House," Rocca told The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
In addition to his stint on "The Daily Show," Rocca wrote and produced the award-winning PBS children's show "Wishbone," made appearances on VH1's "I Love ..." pop-culture series and is a regular contributor to NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and CBS' "Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood."
He attended Harvard University, graduating in 1991 with a degree in English literature.
"I wanted to study theater, but Harvard didn't have an established theater major. English was the closest I could get," Rocca told US News.com in 2005.
He went on to say that his college life revolved around the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, America's oldest college theater group. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.
Contact Andrew Brown at (352) 392-1665, ext. 306 for more information about the event.

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