Sales are apparently piping hot for a “shutdown mug” created by Stephen Colbert that benefits a nonprofit working to help furloughed government workers.

The CBS “Late Show” host unveiled the mug — which bears the phrase, “Don’t even talk to me until I’ve had my paycheck” — earlier this week. On Thursday, Colbert announced the drinkware would be available to buy at the CBS Store.

Colbert told the audience that he designed the mug to honor workers affected by the partial government shutdown, which has lasted for nearly a month with no end in sight.


One hundred percent of profits from the sale of the $15 mugs will go to chef José Andrés's World Central Kitchen, which has been providing free meals in Washington for furloughed workers who aren’t getting paid.

A description for the ceramic drink holders says, "It also works as a mug even if you do get paid. Buy a lot of them!" 

“Help Jose Andres’s team feed federal workers during the shutdown,” Colbert, like the celebrity chef a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE, said on his show.

ITK hears that the mugs have become the fastest-selling item in the CBS store.

Touting the coffee cups, Colbert quipped, “Get a mug — it’s great for a hot cup of morning bourbon.”

“We all have our ways to get through the shutdown,” he added with a grin.