Stephen Colbert is doing his best to help furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown by selling mugs with a cheeky and cheesy catchphrase.
Colbert debuted the mugs on Wednesday’s “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and they read: “Don’t Even Talk to Me Until I’ve Had My Paycheck,” a play on mugs that read: “Don’t Even Talk to Me Until I’ve Had My Coffee.”
On Thursday night’s show, he announced the mugs were for sale on the “Late Show” online store.
The mugs retail for $14.99 each, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to celebrity chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen. Andrés, a friend of Colbert, has been cooking up to 20,000 free meals a day for furloughed workers in Washington, D.C.
“Help him help these workers,” Colbert declared when he announced the mugs were for sale.
The host then encouraged his audience at home and in the studio to “Get a mug!” joking “It is a great for a hot cup of morning bourbon.”
Andrés created World Central Kitchen in an effort to bring meals to disaster-hit areas. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize last year for his work helping feed those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
The partial government shutdown over President Trump’s demands for a $5.7 billion border wall to go along the U.S.-Mexico border has broken the record for the longest shuttering of federal agencies in the country’s history. As of Friday, it is in its 28th day and appears to have no end in sight.
Colbert’s stunt Thursday night wasn’t the first charitable stunt the comedian has done at the president’s expense.
Last fall, Colbert and his staff released the best-seller, “Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane.” The book, which is still for sale, retails for $14.99, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to hurricane relief.
The picture book is the first to be made entirely of quotations from President Trump in the wake of Hurricane Florence, according to publisher Simon and Schuster. “It is the first children’s book that demonstrates what not to say after a natural disaster,” the publisher added.
“Whose Boat Is This Boat? is an excellent teaching tool for readers of all ages who enjoy learning about empathy by process of elimination. Have a good time!” Simon and Schuster added.
As of Dec. 24, 2018, the book has raised over $1.25 million for hurricane relief.