John Kelly was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia where he attended high school with fellow performer Erick Hellwig. He came to New York City to study film and television production at New York University. He was worked since 2007 as a production professional in film and television on various major productions including feature films and television series. Most recently, he worked in the production office of "Law & Order."
In 2009, he studied under Kevin Allison in Sketch Writing Workshop at the People's Improv Theatre (PIT). It was there he met Darcy Burke, Erick Hellwig, and Dan Luddy. Along with John, they would become the founding members of the sketch group American Human. For American Human, John has produced, directed, shot, and edited sketches including "Mentosse" and "Magic Song Clean House." He continues to work with American Human, bringing his audio-visual sensibility to a comedically sharp group.