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Mo Rocca set to rock Memorial Auditorium

Mo Rocca
ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University Program Council (UPC) is proud to present Mo Rocca on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Rocca is a senior political correspondent on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, and is the host of Court TV's "Smoking Gun TV."
Mo Rocca began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children's series "Wishbone." He went on to write and produce other kids series, including ABC's "Pepper Ann" and Nickelodeon's "The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss," a pre-school series combining the whimsy of Seuss characters with the magic of Henson puppetry. Rocca served as consulting editor at the adult men's magazine Perfect 10. Doing "pre-school by day and porn by night" helped prepare Rocca for the broad range of topics he'd soon tackle on "The Daily Show."

At the podium, Rocca takes his audience behind the scenes of America's most popular news satire program with never-before-seen clips from "The Daily Show" and delivers his uniquely informed commentary on the current news events and the coverage of them by the "mainstream media." A word of advice to Mo Rocca's potential audience: Don't expect politics as usual!

"We are excited to have Mo Rocca come back to Athens to entertain and enlighten the Ohio University community," said Lee Freedman, UPC public relations director. "Mo's last trip to Athens in 2000 sold out the Baker Ballroom, so by moving his lecture to Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium we are looking to accommodating more people to see this spectacular performer."

The former president and writer of Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Rocca is no stranger to the stage. His acting credits include the role of Doody in the Southeast Asia tour of "Grease," and the Professor in the Papermill Playhouse production of "South Pacific." Rocca continues to hone his writing skills. He has contributed to GQ, Newsweek.com, Elle and the Washington Post.

A contributor to NBC's "Today" show, Rocca is also a regular panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and a frequent commentator on CNN, Headline News and Fox News Channel. In addition, he has been seen on VH1's "I Love the 80s" and "I Love the 70s."

Rocca holds a B.A. from Harvard University and resides in New York City.

Tickets for the lecture are $3 for students and $5 for the general public, and are on sale at the TBAMA box office Monday through Friday, from noon-5 p.m. They may also be purchased by calling the box office at (740) 593-1780.

University Program Council regularly presents films, special events, lectures, concerts and comedians on Ohio University's campus. The group, an arm of the Office of Student Activities, is always looking for more members and input on its programs. Please call (740) 593-4060 with questions or comments or if you are interested in becoming involved.

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Media Contact: UPC Public Relations Director Lee Freedman, (740) 593-4171, (740) 707-3723 or freedman@ohio.edu

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