In a campaign year in which comedians seem to outnumber reporters, Rocca—a Daily Show fixture from 1998 to '03 and now a commentator for NBC's Today—is one of the quirkiest. Often dressing with geeky flamboyance ("Who doesn't love a yellow jacket?"), he's the only voice on the trail to compare "The Two Americas"—John Edwards's stump-speech theme about haves and have-nots—to a feud between Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan. "His material is from politics, which gives it a sense of reality," says MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, "only with a very abrupt left turn into oncoming traffic." The never-married Rocca, 35, who now lives in Manhattan and grew up outside Washington, D.C., where his parents ran a language school (his mother, Maria Louisa, is from Colombia), can imagine an even more dramatic career swerve: "I'm biding my time until Matt Lauer throws in the towel. 'Where in the World Is Mo Rocca?' I'd love that."
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