Comedian Dov Davidoff admits he's hyperactive and has an attention span that rivals a 5-year-old's.
And it would not be a stretch to say that he had an unusual upbringing that maybe left him with a humorus but warped view of the world.
That can happen growing up in New Jersey among junked cars and losing your virginity before reaching your teens.
Davidoff, 37, also has a Vin Diesel thing working for him -- complete with balding pate, rippling muscles, tattoos and a smug look on his face most of the time.
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"If the Vin Diesel thing is true then it's totally by accident," Davidoff said in a telephone interview. "But I did grow up in a junkyard and I did lose my virginity when I was 12, to a prostitute when I was in Mexico with my father."
What's funny about all that?
Davidoff uses such experiences from his youth as fodder for his stand-up comedy shows. And audiences across the country are completely entertained by it all.
He's bringing that stage humor to Joker's Comedy Club on Jan. 14-15. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Davidoff describes his childhood as interesting, in a disturbing and crazy kind of way.
"My mom was a hippie and always trying to find God but never really succeeding," he said. "It was pretty bizarre sometimes."
It was his mother who named him Dov, though he's never been able to figure out why. He hated the name when he was a kid, but said, "I've learned to live with it now and it doesn't bother me anymore."
Despite his curious upbringing, Davidoff remains a good son and still visits his mother when time allows, he said.
Though he also is an actor, screenwriter and playwright, Davidoff says stand-up comedy is where he feels most at home.
"I like stand-up comedy best because I have complete control over what I do," he said. "With acting you're presenting something that somebody else wrote. There's nothing extraordinary about that."
Davidoff has appeared in Comedy Center Presents specials, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show, Chappelle's Show, and was featured twice at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo.
He also has acted in a number of TV shows, including co-starring with Jeff Goldblum on the NBC series Raines. His latest big-screen gig was with Mark Wahlberg in the movie Invincible.
His new DVD, Filthy Operation, which was taped from his one-hour HBO special, will be released later this year.
Davidoff says his humor could be categorized as intellectual and hardcore.
"I make fun of everything -- politics, myself, relationships, my strange childhood, nothing's taboo. And I know most people will find it funny even if they're a little conservative," he said. "But if you're the religiously dogmatic type, then it's better if you just stay home."
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org