‘That German banks wrecked the Irish economy is one of the most persistent legends of the crisis. German bankers lent recklessly to the innocent Irish and then sent in Angela Merkel, the Austerity Queen, to get back their bad investments.’  Photograph:  EPA/Wolfgang Kumm

At a friend’s dinner table in Berlin recently I sat opposite a woman visiting from Ireland who had an important announcement to make. She said how, on(...)

 Jon Stewart on the set of The Daily Show studio in New York. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times 1:20

It’s been a very long goodbye, but US comedian Jon Stewart ended his 16-year stint at The Daily Show last night, leaving little hint of what he will d(...)

President Barack Obama on The Daily Show in July 2015. “I think we’ve done a very good job of making fun of Obama. It doesn’t get as much traction, because so many of the fans are left (leaning) and loved our (George W) Bush stuff,” said former executive producer and writer Rory Albanese. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Daily Show began in 1996 as a snarky chat-show parody hosted by Craig Kilborn, a place of breezy celebrity interviews and human interest segments (...)

Amy Poehler: ‘Oh, we were real Irish-American. This was Boston. That meant Jesus, JFK, illustrated pamphlets on St Patrick. Lots of beer and lots of potatoes. That’s the Irish-American version of it all. Ha ha!’ Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

The word is that Amy Poehler has jet lag. Busy on promotional duties for Pixar’s lovely Inside Out, in which she voices the personification of happ(...)

Brian Williams moderating a presidential debate  in Florida  in January 2012. Williams said on Saturday he was stepping aside from daily news broadcasts for several days after admitting he had misled the public about being on a helicopter that was forced down in Iraq in 2003. Photograph: Chip Litherland/The New York Times

This was a bomb that had been ticking for a while. NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. T(...)

The ambitious governor of New Jersey Chris Christie: labelled the ban on pig gestation crates a “solution in search of a problem”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Amid the recent uproar over white cops escaping criminal charges for killing black men on the job, you may have missed two of the stranger political s(...)

Aaron Paul, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Anna Gunn, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Bryan Cranston, winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, pose with their awards for Breaking Bad during the  66th Primetime Emmy Awards in California yesterday. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters 2:04

For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry yesterday chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows Bre(...)

Comedian Stephen Colbert, who describes himself as “an omnivore,” who loves everything from ‘A Man for All Seasons’ to ‘Jackass’. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Bourg

I don’t remember much about being on Stephen Colbert’s show. It all passed in a blur of fear. I remember him coming into the make-up room to remind(...)

Comedian Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Bourg

Stephen Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s satirical news show The Colbert Report , will (...)

David Letterman waves to his audience after announcing that he intends to retire in 2015. Photograph: Jeffrey Neira/CBS

David Letterman will retire next year ending the longest career in American late-night television hosting and sparking (...)