Comedian/commentator Maurice “Mo” Rocca was one of the many diverse correspondents that made up Comedy Central’s long-running nightly fake newscast The Daily Show, which has launched the careers of Craig Kilborn, Rob Riggle, Ed Helms and Second City alums Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. Currently a roving correspondent on CBS’s early-morning breakfast informational program CBS This Morning, co-hosted by PBS veteran Charlie Rose, Oprah Winfrey frequent collaborator Gayle King and ex-CNN journo Erica Hill, Mo is on his way to network television cult status as the most influential public faces in the world of electronic media.
Together with Minnesota native Ben Tracy, Mo is CBS’s highly questionable and critically regarded commentator and interviewer, whose credits have included stints on truTV and Animal Planet, among other free-to-air, cable and satellite television outlets and platforms the world over.
“When CBS This Morning began airing in 2011,” says Mo, “my priority was to get weekday morning breakfast TV viewers to share my views on the issues, the interesting people and the places that I would love to cover.”
Kilborn, Jon Stewart’s predecessor and former anchor of The Daily Show, tells the Liars and Crooks Blog how Maurice Rocca got the nickname “Mo.”
“Mo is the 800-pound gorilla of breakfast television. He can speak out on any topic in any given week – for Mo to interview and report on a single topic, he must confront and show Tiffany Network viewers the affection he needs while covering one issue at a time. I met Mo in 1996, when Comedy Central launched The Daily Show; and, at the moment he began corresponding on the small screen, Mo was The Daily Show’s highly offensive but lovable on-location reporter.”
“Mo is on a mission to wake up CBS viewers every Monday through Saturday morning,” Colbert replies.