Chris DuBail always knew he was a little offbeat.
"When I was little, I would get in trouble in school for impersonating the teachers," says the comedian/impressionist, who will perform June 7 at the Savannah Comedy Revue. "When I was really little, I would do shows for my younger sister and do Ernie and Bert.
"I remember in first grade in 1971, I got sent to the principal's office for impersonating Archie Bunker," DuBail says. "I asked the teacher, 'Can I go to the terlet, eh?'"
Unfortunately, the teacher had no sense of humor.
"She sent a note home that said, 'No more Archie Bunker at school,'" DuBail says.
Fortunately, DuBail was not deterred by criticism, and his love of laughter survived into adulthood.
"I was in drafting and design," he says. "I used to goof around the office."
A friend suggested that DuBail try an open mic night at a comedy club.
"We sat down and wrote some material," DuBail says.
DuBail's comedy career began Feb. 22, 1995, at Mac's Comedy Scene in Greenville, S.C.
"The guy liked me and said he wanted me to host a show. He gave me $25 to host the show," DuBail says. "I used the $5 to buy some beer, but I still have the $20 bill."
DuBail is noted for his impressions.
"My first bit on stage was Howard Cosell covering the O.J. trial," he says. "I think I did an Andy Rooney and Jerry Seinfeld impression, too."
A native of Connecticut, DuBail currently lives in Greenville.
"I got laid off soon after I started doing open mics, so I kept doing comedy," he says.
At the comedy club, he was paid to host a show once a month and he was put on rotation with other local comics.
"That summer, I drove to Charleston and got in with the Comedy House Theater," he says.
"Goofiness" is DuBail's primary inspiration.
"People don't realize what inspires you, what creates emotion," he says.
"But everyone can relate to that idiot in the grocery store who waits until everything has been rung up and then roots for the checkbook and doesn't have the proper ID. It releases emotion. They say, 'Heck yeah! Heck yeah! That's happened to me!'
"I don't do anything kind of serious," he says. "I'm pretty silly."
Years ago, DuBail performed in Savannah at the Comedy House Theatre.
"I came here a few times and did a couple of little bars and one-night things," he says.
"From September to the first part of May, I'm on the road pretty much all the time," DuBail says. "In the summer, I dial back a little bit because some of the clubs are dark in the summer."
Over his career, DuBail has opened for such comics as Tommy Davidson, Robert Schimmel and James Gregory.
"I haven't done a lot of things in New York or Los Angeles, but that's because I love living here," he says.
"I like to do voiceovers in commercials and public service announcements," DuBail says. "There are a lot of samples on my website, www.laughwithchris.com, and some comedy bits."
In Savannah, DuBail will do standup and a lot of impressions.
"I do Barney Fife, Chris Rock, Kramer," he says. "There's adult humor mixed in, and I'm not Disney clean."
Life as a comedian has been totally positive, DuBail says.
"I think it's given me a chance to see other things, to travel, to help me grow as a person," he says.
"It's helped me through stages of life that probably would have been tougher if I wasn't a comic," DuBail says. "I've been able to go through a lot of trial and error in a fun way."
IF YOU GO
What: Savannah Comedy Revue presents Chris DuBail
When: 8 p.m. June 7
Where: Bay Street Theatre, Club One, 1 Jefferson St.
Cost: $9 or $15 VIP seating
Info: 314-503-9005, www.savannahcomedyrevue.com