304: What It Takes To Become a Humorist, Historian & Journalist w/ Mo Rocca, CBS Sunday Morning [Main T4C episode]
Mo Rocca is a humorist, journalist and an actor. He is currently a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, as well as the host for CBS’s series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. In January of 2019, Mo’s podcast Mobituaries debuted as a joint venture between CBS News and Simon and Schuster...
“I try to read a lot and keep my eyes and ears open for things that kind of make me feel warm in my stomach, that kind of appeal to me in a way that I think I can bring something to it. I’m more interested in stories that are more warm than cold and provocative. That’s just sort of maybe where I am right now as a person. And I realize it’s an indulgence that a lot of people aren’t given, but I feel like I’m a good fit for this show [CBS Sunday Morning] and that it appreciates those kinds of stories.”
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“It’s so important, especially in television and in film and in very collaborative mediums to have something that’s all your own … If you have something that’s creatively yours, that will nourish you.”
“I struggled when I first came to CBS Sunday Morning because my last job had been more sort of capital C Comedy. And I remember, I thought that every piece I did had to be funny and I had to make everything funny. And luckily, I worked for a guy who is so great … And he said what a shrink had said to me once also … ‘It’s okay to not always be funny. It’s okay to just be smart.’ … I think it took an adjustment and it was ultimately freeing to say every story will be different and some will have more humor and some will have less humor. But I think that was definitely an adjustment.”