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LATE-NIGHT LAUGHS

Ford
Suarez

David Letterman

“Earlier tonight was the NBA draft. That means at least a few college kids will have jobs.”

“Even if you are not a basketball fan, tune into the NBA draft if you can because it’s a great opportunity to see Kardashian future ex-husbands.”

Jimmy Kimmel

“Tonight is the NBA draft, also known as ‘Purchase a Giant Day.’ Cleveland had the No. 1 overall pick and took Andrew Wiggins from the University of Kansas, who has already announced plans to leave the team to play in Miami.”

“Do you remember the smile on the little girl’s face when Frosty the Snowman came back to life?

“Well, that’s kind of how I felt today when the honorable Mayor Rob Ford returned to the city of Toronto.”

“At the World Cup, the U.S. team defied all expectations. They were not expected to get out of the first round. They took the dreaded Belgium into overtime. … All work stopped when the game went into overtime. Productivity did suffer. I’m sure that happened in a lot of offices across the country. There are no sporting events that increase productivity. It’s not like you hear, ‘Wow, this U.S. Open makes me want to crank out these expense reports.’ ”

Conan O’Brien

“FIFA has announced that Luis Suarez, the player who bit an opponent, will be banned for nine games, or as Suarez put it, ‘nine meals.’ ”

“A man walked into McDonald’s with a knife in his back. Yeah, with a knife in his back.

“His heart wasn’t in danger until he ordered the food, said doctors.”

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