Eric Hunter is a self-described writer, comedian and out-of-work actor.
"I've been a professional touring comedian for 16 years," he says. "I've always wanted to do it, since I was a little kid.
"My brothers and I were always joking around and I was kind of the family clown," Hunter says. "I get my sense of humor from my mom, who is very funny.
"I was making friends and family laugh and I started to get confident," he says. "I finally took a comedy workshop and started doing open mic nights and just kind of found out from other comedians and audiences they liked what I was saying."
Hunter was just 6 when he discovered his life's path. At a family picnic, his grandmother scolded him for not cleaning his plate.
"You know there are starving children in third world countries who would love to eat that," she said, to which Hunter replied, "Well, here, send it to them."
When his cousins laughed, Hunter realized the power of comedy for the first time. He was hooked.
Hunter says he is more than just "a silly joke teller."
"If I see something funny or in talking with friends and family, we come up with something funny, I turn it into a joke," he says. "If something strikes me as funny on stage, I try to turn it into a joke I can tell."
The first time Hunter did comedy was for a public access television show in Orange County, Calif.
"It was new comedians and that was my very first stand-up comedy set," he says. "There were probably 15 people there in the TV studio.
"It was a two-part deal. The first day, I thought I was fine and fun and funny and I probably made 10 or 15 people laugh.
"I got so overconfident, the next day I forgot a couple of my jokes," Hunter says. "When I look back on it, it was a fun experience that didn't detour my comedy career."
Comedians who have inspired Hunter include Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, George Carlin and Bob Newhart.
"They just really write funny, different, original material," he says.
While Hunter skewers many topics, including family, friends, education, sports and relationships, he's best known for his deadpan attempts to impress the women in the audience.
Over the years, Hunter has opened for such comedians as Louie Anderson, Brian Regan, Ray Romano, Tom Papa, Jake Johannsen, Blake Clark, Kevin Nealon, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Kevin Pollak, Frank Caliendo, Larry Miller, Nick DiPaolo and many more.
A regular on the Comedy Time Network, Hunter also has made appearances on the "Bob and Tom" radio show. He can been seen in several commercials and short films, and performs improv comedy at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre and L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre in Hollywood.
Internet radio stations Pandora.com, Slacker.com and SiriusXM satellite radio feature Hunter. He also has a podcast called "The Conversationalists."
In 2008, Hunter appeared on "Last Comic Standing" on NBC and also was a semi-finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival. In 2013, he recorded a live comedy concert for the Blue Collar Comedy Channel on Sirius/XM satellite radio.
Throughout his career, Hunter has also appeared on such shows as "Operation Repo," "Blood Relatives" and in two seasons of William Shatner's "Aftermath."
While Hunter has lived all over the country, he currently lives outside of Atlanta. He heard about the Savannah Comedy Revue and its director, Tom Paris, from a fellow comedian.
"I had heard that Tom was looking for someone to come to the Bay Street Theatre," Hunter says. "I did that venue about a year ago, and I've done other venues in Savannah back in the '90s, including the Comedy House Theater and The Joke Yard."
While in Savannah, Hunter will do his "funny, hilarious, clean stand-up comedy, for the most part."
"I've performed everywhere, from kids in churches to R-rated comedy venues," he says. "But for the most part, my comedy is clean."