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Stephen Colbert declares ‘all of Kansas City is now in the state of Kansas’

In a comedy sketch that aired Tuesday night, “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert declared that “all of Kansas City is now in the state of Kansas.” Back in the two Kansas Citys, Mayors Sly James and Mark Holland debated the issue on Twitter.
In a comedy sketch that aired Tuesday night, “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert declared that “all of Kansas City is now in the state of Kansas.” Back in the two Kansas Citys, Mayors Sly James and Mark Holland debated the issue on Twitter. The Associated Press

Kansas City’s boundaries were radically redrawn Monday night, at least according to late night comedian Stephen Colbert.

Colbert, host of “The Late Show,” issued a surprising proclamation that “all of Kansas City is now in the state of Kansas.”

The decree came during a comedy bit in which Colbert donned a large, furry hat that he claimed gave him sweeping powers to declare new laws.

“All proclamations I make whilst so behatted are now and forever law,” Colbert announced.

In addition to shifting Kansas City west over the state line, Colbert added that “all cities in Missouri will be named St. Louis.”

Among other pronouncements made in the same segment, Colbert renamed subways “boring roller-coasters” and said that only people born on Presidents Day could run for president.

Back in the Kansas City area, mayors on both sides of the state line debated Colbert’s new rule.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James dismissed Colbert’s East Coast comments.

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