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rodney takes the cake

Dec 1, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Under normal circumstances, it would be difficult to confuse Comedy Central with the History Channel. But what would a conspiracy buff make of Comedy Central’s choice of Nov. 22-the 40th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination-to tape its first awards show, “The Commies”? The show, shot at the Japanese-owned Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif., is scheduled to air Dec. 7, the anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Comedy Central did not purposely set the dates on the anniversaries; rather it was coincidence, sources said. Still, it’s tough to deny a historic theme. A party after the show was thrown in honor of the 82nd birthday of Rodney Dangerfield, a legend in the laughs business for some 70 years, who was born Nov. 22, 1921. Mr. Dangerfield received a Comedy Idol Award from Adam Sandler during the show, and at the party, Comedy Central showed the stand-up veteran real respect with a larger-than-life birthday cake in his image.