Comic believes in the truth and nothing but the truth

CorrespondentNovember 15, 2012 

Dov Davidoff.


  • More information Who: Dov Davidoff When: 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday Where: Goodnight’s, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh Cost: $20 Friday and Saturday; $16 Sunday Details: 919-828-5233

Good memoirs often become hot commodities.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” and John Grogan’s “Marley and Me” are examples of memoirs that became New York Times bestsellers and hit films.

Dov Davidoff’s life story “Road Dog” has yet to hit shelves, but it’s already in the works as a feature-length movie, which will be dubbed “4 and a Half Minutes.”

The film, which will feature Davidoff and be shot in New York in February, will be directed by Renee Zellweger.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Davidoff said, calling from Los Angeles.

“Renee is wonderful and it means that 2013 should be very interesting for me.”

Davidoff brushes off talk about the film. “It’s still so early,” he says. “Believe me, I’ll talk plenty about it soon enough. Let’s get it shot first.”

He is more than happy to talk about his quirky life. The high-energy comic, who will perform Friday through Sunday at Goodnight’s, grew up in New Jersey on a junkyard his dad owned.

“I had an interesting childhood,” Davidoff says.

“How many kids spend their childhood on a junkyard? My mom joined a cult and I found myself in India. Crazy stuff.”

So it wasn’t that big of a deal for Davidoff to leave Jersey for the stand-up trail in New York when he was 16.

“I had no fears or issues about that,” he says.

“Aside from traveling around the world, I hung in Spanish Harlem when I was 12 and 13, which was back when Harlem wasn’t so safe. So for me to move to Manhattan at 16 was no big deal.”

Unsparing honesty has been the common denominator in Davidoff’s comedy since he started cracking wise professionally.

“I think you need that element of truth to help what you say go over. That’s what people connect with. I think what I do is relatable.”

These days, Davidoff, who is working on a fresh hour of comedy, is riffing quite a bit about relationships. He believes that there are truly no happy couples.

“Whenever I see two people who say they have the greatest relationship, I want to give them a polygraph test,” he says.

“But the thing is that people know that relationships are full of hazards, but the crazy thing is that we continue to try and try again. We fail and we jump right back on the horse.”

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