Brian Moynihan: ancestors emigrated to the US in the 1850s

It looks like Denis O’Brien will unfortunately have to wait another year for entry, but the annual Wall Street 50 list, compiled by Niall O’Dowd’s Iri(...)

Marc Maron: ‘The reason the podcast is popular is the emotional risks that are being taken.’ Photograph: Gary Miller/Getty Images

In June, American comedian Marc Maron interviewed the president of the United States in his garage. Maron did not see this coming. Six years ago, w(...)

Kevin Hart: ‘My brother made some mistakes and went to the military. My mom wasn’t going to let that happen to me.’ Photograph: Brad Barket/Getty Images

Kevin Hart, star of the new hit US comedy The Wedding Ringer, smiles down from every other bus and billboard. Look here: he’s presenting the first (...)

Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi When you did you first realise that you had a talent for making people laugh? Oh gosh, I don’t know. I used to be funny soc(...)

Comedian Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81,  arrives for  a presentation of the Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter  collection during New York Fashion Week in 2012. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Files/Reuters.

The comedian Joan Rivers has died, her daughter announced tonight. She was 81.Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest during throat surgery on her vocal cord(...)

Robin Williams: In the wake of his death statements such as: ‘If I keep them laughing, they can’t delve any deeper’ will be parsed for meaning and significance.   Photograph: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP 2:16

Robin Williams was in an alley in central London, behind the Comedy Store venue, shivering because of the cold and strung out because he so desperatel(...)

Track records: Derek Walcott with Seamus Heaney in Dún Laoghaire in 1989, three years before Walcott received the Nobel Prize. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

In 1988 in Dún Laoghaire, Derek Walcott took part in a round-table discussion with Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney and Les Murray. By then identified wi(...)

Richie Havens: improvised the anthem ‘Freedom’ on stage. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie Havens, who has died of a heart attack aged 72, is best known for his opening performance at the historic 1969 Woodstock festival. (...)