I talked to Mo Rocca over the phone a few days ago in preparation for an event he's doing at The Ohio State University. I've always enjoyed his subtle blend of intellect and wit, and had a chance to ask him a few questions. Bit of a long read but enjoyable if you like said type of humor. Transcript follows below.
CS: You've had a wide variety of things in your career; did you ever think it would go this way when you graduated from Harvard?
Mo: Well, while I majored in literature at Harvard, I minored in cable tv guest appearances. Well, look, the truth of the matter is I am hired by the IRS to do an undercover audit of the cable television industry, and only by appearing on every network will I be able to turn in a comprehensive report to the IRS.
CS: When you submit your tax forms to the IRS, what do you list as your occupation?
Mo: Television personality. Last year I submitted my occupation as fundit – the guy who puts the fun in pundit – and they sent it back to me… maybe it's because I spelled it phundit…
CS: You seem to have a pretty good knowledge of politics, having done some correspondent reports for Larry King in the last presidential election, so tell me – who do you think would be a better presidential candidate in 2008 and why: Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, or MacGyver?
Mo: (Laughter) Hmm. Good question… I need to bone up on my MacGyver… wow, I never thought I'd actually say that. Hmm, I think I would say Obama, because I think he's taller than MacGyver. I also like his theme music better.
CS: So, VH1 – have they sucked all the life out of the 80's yet or is there a little bit more there to be harvested?
Mo: You know, we still haven't done anything on "Murder, She Wrote" I think… so I think there's definitely more to come. Personally, I would prefer if we did "I Love the 80's" but the 1880's because I have a great riff on Grover Cleveland I've been looking to unload somewhere.
CS: On The Daily Show, you did a great series of undercover investigative reports as Bo Rocca. Can we expect anything more from Bo Rocca in the future?
Mo: You know, I think it was Bo Rocca's mustache that got him stripped of his undercover investigative credentials… it was way too porn.
CS: Geraldo had to ruin it for everyone
CS: Tell us about this new thing you're doing, would you call it a lecture series?
Mo: It is a lecture, it's an outreach program, it's kind of a neighborhood watch in a sense because I'm alerting college students on this lecture tour to the danger of Gamekillers, so that people of the faith can identify them and band together to fight them.
CS: And what is a Gamekiller?
Mo: A Gamekiller is that individual, that entity that seems to exist for no other purpose then to come between innocent young males who are simply trying to lock down some tail, and the girls they are interested in. Some of my colleagues in the scientific community use a different nomenclature, I choose to call them Gamekillers.
CS: Give me an example
Mo: There are 14 different types of Gamekillers, 11 male, 3 females… one could say that certain Gamekillers are more threatening than others. The first and most widely known and photographed is "The Baller" (these are all Latin terms). The Baller is the basketball star, he lights it up, makes it rain (whatever that means), and he is a very potent Gamekiller, so if he shows up and you become flustered at all, or lose your cool, you're gonna lose the girl. There's also The One-Upper. If you just went rock climbing, he just summitted Everest, he's insufferable. There are also women such as The Mother Hen, who is the gatekeeper of the woman you're interested in – her mantra is "We go out as a group, we go home as a group."
CS: I hate Gamekillers…
Mo: You should. They can be avoided… or they can be killed.
CS: So if I come to this lecture, will women flock to me?
Mo: If you come to this lecture, you will learn how to make women flock to you. You will also learn how to make women not run away from you in the face of a Gamekiller. Women who attend this lecture will also come away with some valuable information… such as why they should not be swayed by their attention.
CS: What percentage of women would you say fall susceptible to charms of these killers?
Mo: Our latest research shows about 62.7 percent of women are vulnerable to Gamekillers.
CS: So this is a rising threat against our nation?
Mo: Well, I think it carries an issue. There is an issue in this country and security is an issue in the mating game as well. Think of these Gamekillers as insurgents.
CS: Any parting words?
Mo: Don't hate the playa, hate the game…killer.
Mo's lecture series: Gamekillers 101 is sponsored by Axe and will be wrapping up it's college tour in the next week.
Today (March 4th) - University of Kansas, Budig Hall, 8pm
March 6th - Northwestern University, Tech Auditorium, 7pm
March 8th - Purdue University, Fowler Hall, 7pm
March 9th - Ohio State University, Ohio Union Ballrooms, 7pm