Fa-la-la-la funny: Mo Rocca stars in ASC Holiday Comedy Show

Get festive with funnyman Mo Rocca and mental floss magazine co-founder Will Pearson Dec. 16 in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.

Humorist, actor and writer Mo Rocca will dissect everything holiday — using only his own dry humor and razor-sharp wit — when he stars in the second annual ASC Holiday Comedy Show in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.

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The ASC Holiday Comedy Show starring Mo Rocca is set for 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 2011, in the center, 1200 10th Ave. South. The event is co-presented by public radio WBHM 90.3 FM, which is a listener-supported service of UAB.

Rocca will be joined on stage for part of the show by facilitator and wellspring of local knowledge, Birmingham native and mental_floss magazine co-founder Will Pearson. The evening will begin with a free “FaLaLaLaLa” holiday bash at 6:30 p.m., with live music from the Martini Shakers, drink specials, trivia games, prize and ticket giveaways to performances including the ASC’s upcoming Colin Quinn show “Long Story Short” and more. The comedy fun will start before the show: everyone is invited to wear their tackiest holiday sweater or most epic holiday attire. ASC Junior Patrons can enjoy free food and drinks. Tickets are $45.50, $35.50, $27.50; student tickets are $20. Every ticketholder will be given a free copy of mental floss. For tickets or more details, call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.

“I know a lot about a few things — mostly useless things,” confesses Rocca, who is best known for his wacky, tongue-in-cheek “fake news” reports and satirical commentary. Rocca is a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning News with Charles Osgood,” a panelist on National Public Radio’s hit weekly quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and the host of “Foodography” on The Cooking Channel. Rocca spent four side-splittingly funny seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where his profiles ranged from a man so into the nation’s first ladies that he dresses as Florence Harding, to a husband/wife pet mummification duo. Rocca also spent four seasons as a correspondent on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and was a regular on the VH1 retrospective “I Love the” series.

Rocca began his career in television as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody award-winning PBS children’s series “Wishbone.” A Washington, D.C., native, Rocca earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard, where he was the former president and author of the university’s “Hasty Pudding Show.” He now lives in New York City.