Gemini Award (Nominee)

Nominated as part of the writing team for The Rick Mercer Report

Writer's Guild of Canada

Winner of the Screenwriting Award for This Hour Has 22 Minutes


Gemini Award (Nominee)

Nominated as part of the writing team forThis Hour Has 22 Minutes


Gemini Award (Nominee)

Nominated for Best Individual Comedy Performance

Gemini Award (Nominee)

Nominated as part of the writing team forThis Hour Has 22 Minutes


Writer's Guild of Canada (Nominee)

Nominated as part of the writing team for This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Gemini Award (Nominee)

Nominated as part of the writing team for This Hour Has 22 Minutes


National Screen Institute

Winner of the 2001 Drama Prize for a short comedy entitled North Grove

Irwin Barker is one of Canada's top stand-up comedians and comedy writers with a clean and clever comedy style crafted from years of experience in festivals, theatre performances and corporate speaking engagements.

Irwin holds a Master's Degree in Sociology, has taught at the University of Alberta and University of Manitoba. His comedic approach reflects his unique understanding of Canadian culture and politics.

Irwin began his comedy career in Winnipeg in 1988. At the time, he was already successfully employed as a senior public policy researcher with the Angus Reid consulting firm, as well as working as a part-time lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manitoba and simply viewed comedy as a creative outlet.

Irwin's refreshing and analytical approach to life was evident in his comedy since the very beginning and quickly placed him in high demand, taking on an unexpected life of its own. By 1992, Irwin left consulting and teaching to pursue a very successful second career.

Irwin has extensive experience in specialized comedy performing and writing for corporate functions, conferences, fundraising events and related after-dinner engagements. As a keynote speaker and entertainer, his client list is an impressive array of major corporations, financial groups, government departments, and national associations, demonstrating a remarkable talent for relating to corporate audiences.

Irwin has an impressive resume of comedy performing including the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal as well as several appearances at every Canadian comedy festival.

Irwin has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBC's The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. He has toured with Brent Butt and has opened for Craig Ferguson and John Pinette. Irwin also recently starred in the comedy special, "Can't Stop Laughing" on the Comedy Network.

Irwin was part of a comedy team which traveled to Afghanistan to entertain the Canadian troops in 2007. The special, Stand-up in Kandahar was aired on CBC television.

He was a regular performer on CBC Radio's hit series The Debaters and was also a staff writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes from 2002 to 2007. Irwin's most recent writing was for The Rick Mercer Report.

In June of 2007, Irwin was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a rare type of terminal cancer. Since then, he has been actively involved as an inspirational speaker on how he has used humour as a vital coping mechanism in his personal fight against cancer.

Irwin's first year of cancer treatment was the subject of a CTV documentary entitled "That's My Time."

Sadly Irwin passed away June 21, 2010 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto Ontario. He was a comedic legend, universally respected by his peers and his strength and courage during his fight against cancer were truly inspirational to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed and forever loved.