John Irwin is an executive producer on the new NBC late night series “A Little Late with Lilly Singh.”
Irwin heads up his Los Angeles-based Irwin Entertainment, a full-service multi-platform television production company committed to producing and developing high-quality projects in the comedy, reality and live entertainment space. The company has numerous projects on air, in production and in development with a variety of cable, broadcast, and digital networks, including NBC, Fox, Netflix, HBO, VH1, E!, Comedy Central, CMT, TruTV, TBS, Oxygen, OWN and A&E. Irwin is the president of the company, which he founded in 2004.
Irwin, one of television’s most prolific live event and reality producers, has a long list of popular shows to his credit, including Netflix’s “Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh,” the E! series “Famously Single,” NBC’s “Red Nose Day Special,” “The Robert Irvine Show” and VH1’s hit series “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” (2008-12), which gave audiences a first-ever look into the private lives of celebrities working to overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol. In the therapy space, Irwin also produced the successful VH1 series “Couples Therapy” and “Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn.
He also executive produced NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” and, in early 2016, co-produced, alongside Sean Hayes and Hazy Mills Productions, NBC’s “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.” This one-night-only special reunited actors from some of TV’s most beloved programs, including “Friends,” “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Will & Grace” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Irwin also produced Blake Shelton’s “Not So Family Christmas” for NBC, which earned a 2014 WGA Award for Outstanding Writing in Comedy/Variety Special.
On the comedy front, Irwin’s extensive comedy projects include stand-up specials with Kevin Hart, John Mulaney, Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Deon Cole, Tracy Morgan, Dana Carvey, Nikki Glaser, Daniel Tosh, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Demetri Martin, Chris Hardwick, David Spade, Norm Macdonald, Hannibal Buress and Anthony Jeselnik.
Irwin Entertainment produced the 2014 music docuseries “Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project” for VH1. The innovative series earned a 2014 GLAAD Award nomination for Outstanding Reality Program. In addition, Irwin produced the non-scripted, motivational series “Coaching Bad” for Spike in 2015, starring retired Super Bowl MVP and All-Pro NFL linebacker Ray Lewis.
Prior to forming Irwin Entertainment, Irwin spent four years as a producer for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” two years as a producer at “MadTV” and five years as vice president of development and production for Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video.