Foggy Pine Books Owner Reacts With Shock To Colbert Super Bowl Special Commercial
Last night after the Super Bowl, small business owner Mary Ruthless watched in shock as Stephen Colbert ran a segment on their Boone, NC bookstore and premiered a commercial for the store starring Sam Elliott and Tom Hanks. Foggy Pine Books has been busy filling orders ever since! Find your next adventure book at #Colbert #ALateShow #FoggyPineBooks
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  • John Smith
    John Smith

    This was a very, very good thing to do. Well done to the Colbert crew.

  • Stephanie Greenwood
    Stephanie Greenwood

    I just miss going to book stores. Does anyone else wish they could go to the Boone Saloon now too?

  • Guy Friendo
    Guy Friendo

    I've had a long day and I'm literally just sitting here crying because Stephen Colbert used someone's they/them pronouns on national television

  • Mora Mulford
    Mora Mulford

    The material confirmation cytologically attend because brush metrically detect absent a wanting zinc. automatic, bite-sized drain

  • jahosaphat

    I like pee breaks.

  • Shane Kräuchi
    Shane Kräuchi

    Oooh, they cuuute!

  • Alexandar Narayan
    Alexandar Narayan

    More of this.

  • Haley Graham
    Haley Graham

    As a local to Boone, this is incredible. No words.

  • mk m.
    mk m.


  • Uthman Baksh
    Uthman Baksh

    If only I could move down to Boone, NC. I'm sure I could make more working at a bookstore than I am with my current part time job.

  • MARI at wordglass
    MARI at wordglass

    Clearly, finally falling prey to Big Little Bookstore Money, eh? .

  • RudexBoyxBass

    I love indie bookstores!!! They care so much about the community and listen to what the public wants. CONGRATS FOGGY PINE! 💕

  • McKinley Brown
    McKinley Brown

    Truth is it’s AMERICA versus WHITE SUPREMACY and SYSTEMATIC RACISM.... and IF Mr. Trump and his Constituents don’t face harsh punishment... THERE’S NO MORE AMERICA 🇺🇸 in the eyes of the NATIONS CITIZENRY or THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.... MB • 2021 -™️®️©️

  • B. Jr.
    B. Jr.

    This was beautiful. 😭

  • Rolyat Neek
    Rolyat Neek

    Mary looks like if Gollum bleached his skin and went punk....

  • Caroline Barrett
    Caroline Barrett

    What a lovely thing to do 🥰

  • GentlemanDemon

    This is just simply delightful

  • steve f
    steve f

    Stephen couldn't get a professional singer?

  • Blaire Sovereign
    Blaire Sovereign

    I love Jon's hat...

  • Marc Thayer
    Marc Thayer

    1:32 to skip to content

  • Jason Lira
    Jason Lira

    John’s hat: bellhop, singing telegram, or Moroccan carpet merchant?

  • Chris Kriskovic
    Chris Kriskovic

    It settles the question. You don’t have to be a decent human being to succeed in the United stated.

  • Megan

    what a wonderful thing to do!

  • Jon Blondell
    Jon Blondell

    She's Beautiful!

  • Warldpeace

    Remember to also support the local bookstore near you

  • Warldpeace

    Boone is the Humboldt of North Carolina

  • Mimma Viglezio
    Mimma Viglezio

    Please please please DO THIS MORE OFTEN for many more small businesses. F**k Amazon

  • Sam Nelson
    Sam Nelson

    That's great.

  • Lisa S
    Lisa S

    Colbert! This lol

  • roger douglas
    roger douglas

    her eyes were closed because shes lying 3:12

  • Sata Prescott
    Sata Prescott

    This trans household and Boone native sees what you've done, and I'm SO HAPPY.

  • Michael Jackson
    Michael Jackson

    You'll get more pee breaks working,than working at Amazon. I almost died with that one 😂😂😂😂😂

  • FullMoonOctober

    Mary Ruthless is an awesome name. It sounds like a character from a spy novel that works in an unassuming profession by day, and is a lethal mercenary by night. Imagine an action franchise built around a name like that!

  • Witty Allowishus
    Witty Allowishus

    I love how pronoun friendly Stephen is, using "they". Respect and love to the shop owner!

  • Mark Iosty
    Mark Iosty

    Why in Gods name is Tom Hanks singing and promoting books from the beginning of the 2nd war ?

  • bridge4

    Her reaction is awesome. Yay books! :))

  • spidrawebster

    It would be so great if this were a regular feature of the show - featuring small ethical businesses that need the ad boost.

  • Cynthia Jones
    Cynthia Jones

    Book lovers have you heard this, it is not spam, but the most important thing you'll ever read. If you die today will you go to heaven? Have you ever lied, stolen, hated, used God's name as a curse word (O-M-G)? According to God's law, you're guilty, your headed for hell, ignorance will not be an excuse... But wait, God loves you, he made a way out for you, God's son Jesus died paying for your sin. God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him will not die but have everlasting life. John 3:16 God is warning the world. End Time prophesies are jumping off the pages of the Bible, satan is ruling with his plagues, violence, idol worship, scoffers, and government control... The earth is experiencing birth pains like never before, earthquakes, fires, floods. People now are lovers of themselves, money, lovers of pleasure rather than God, we see sexual immorality running rampant like adultery, fornication, homosexuality, sexual abuse rape... the ultimate in child abuse mommies killing their babies in selfish child sacrifice (abortion), and religious persecution against Christians only (they will hate you because of me, Jesus (Matthew 10:22). The world leaders are prepping for a,"One-World order," a "Great Reset," (please don’t take a number on your forehead or right hand, read Revelation a number means no heaven, and there's only one alternative, eternity in darkness, suffering in a lake of fire) Soon the believers in Christ/Christians will be taken up, away with God, the world will be in turmoil, then the antichrist will come and fix everything, everyone will love him, he will deceive many with his worldwide lies... then the tribulation will start, you will be forced to worship the beast and take his number. Life on earth will be horrific. Today if you hear God whispering to your heart please respond before it's too late. Say a humble prayer, pour your heart out to God, receive Jesus as your savior, believe God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9), and repent of your sins, you are now saved by grace! Ephesians 4:8-9(NOT BY WORKS)

  • Maverick Mayhem
    Maverick Mayhem


  • Suzanne Goldstein
    Suzanne Goldstein

    They have a “tip jar” on their website, so you can drop them some coffee money if you can’t think of a book you want right now

  • John Valdez
    John Valdez

    A powerful and warming experience to share with everyone. When we work together, and others succeed, we all succeed.

  • Jeff W
    Jeff W

    Might be a good idea for people thinking about ordering books online from Foggy Pine to set a calendar reminder to do it In 4-8 weeks. That's what I'm doing. Too many orders in a short time can be almost as stressful for a small business as not enough.

  • starfish8D

    This is awesome!! Thank you, Late night staff, Stephen and Tom!

  • Erin Cromer
    Erin Cromer

    I'm admitting my own unconscious bias that I read "bookstore owner" and pictured a man. And this is a young lady who grew up wanting to be one... And now I'm hearing Colbert using they/them pronouns. The learning never ends...

  • RedF0xtail

    This would've deserved a like for the "they" only

  • Beautiful Existence
    Beautiful Existence


  • Beel Zebub
    Beel Zebub

    football sucks

  • Alex Banks
    Alex Banks

    I love this so much

  • Nicole Roberson
    Nicole Roberson

    How wonderful that a small business was helped!!

  • Brandon Buckles
    Brandon Buckles

    Thank you all for doing that! I live nearby in Asheville, NC and the small businesses in places like Boone make them a treasure to visit. This pandemic has been hardest on the little guys and every little bit helps. Thank you!

  • Linear Equalist
    Linear Equalist

    Just going to throw out there something I noticed. LOVE the normalization of gender neutral pronouns. No drawing attention to it, no making a big deal or even acknowledging that was what you were doing. Just NORMAL. Stephen you have my heart.

  • Mcouey2

    I didn’t know if I could believe that ad was real. I have tears in my eyes. Simply stunning! Thank you, Stephen for being for a force of good in this world.

  • Stephen Cold Bear
    Stephen Cold Bear

    In response to this, everyone should search for another random small business and buy from them. I'm sure Ms. Ruthless would agree that other small businesses could use a boost, too.

  • Pam R
    Pam R


  • Renard Leblanc
    Renard Leblanc

    "more pee breaks there, than working at Amazon..." That's it, I'm sold... packin' by bags, I'm bound for North Carolina. :)

  • ElisabethC

    Thank you Stephen for helping save my favorite bookstore!! I love this little store so much. This is a huge win for our whole town - this store is everything a bookstore should be an is a safe haven for anyone a little different in this town. Mary has done a fantastic job making it not just a store, but a gathering place for our community. It would have been a huge loss were the store not to make it. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  • BookBWitched

    I got verclempt with this as you once again prove who you are Stephen Colbert & staff. Thank you for your legit & prominent position on my tRump/Covid/Solitary Quarantine Survival SWAT Team. Thank you for this reminder, this palate cleanser. After this, yet another day of rage, sorrow, disbelief, disgust, fear orchestrated by the trump, the trum-pets, the clueless base, the perennially angry & victimized & Dim GOP who still have no clue they were so close to becoming collateral damage, yet so disregarded that their injury, their demise meant nothing to their lord and master. The only way the plan could have worked is to have destroyed all of the leadership of both parties. Gives great credence to that "seal them in the tunnel & turn on the gas" text. But they are too thick to see, and so sadness & shame is added to the list of overwhelming feelings from this day. Yet you, once again, help me raise my head with hope, with joy at the connections celebrated by the show and the man that is Stephen Colbert.

  • McKinley Brown
    McKinley Brown

    I am an emancipated man whom served in two-branches of military service an only have the privileges of the rights of the constitution. America has went around the world fighting wars for freedom, justice and equal rights if the “GOP” doesn’t convict Mr.Trump and his followers for their open acts of treason upon the constitution, the HOUSE of GOVERNMENT and the Flag what good is the constitution. It would mean everything was a LIE THAT AMERICA STOOD for against EVIL. MB • 2021®️©️™️

  • scr0b

    I want a montage of all Jon Batiste clips.

  • jordania moore
    jordania moore

    As an NC native I can attest to how special Boone, NC is. If you ever have the chance to visit, do!

  • El Ram
    El Ram

    I prefer Steve Young over Montana and Brady.

  • 54Ahimsa

    Tears in my eyes... THIS was great! Love Foggy Pine Books! Will visit you one day! Cheers and wishing you ALL the best!

  • Alex Parson
    Alex Parson

    Stephen, can you ask her and update all of us, why does the website state her as they under "our History" tab, if it was an error, "they" would like to revisit and take appropriate action. Our History Mary Ruthless, the owner/operator, has loved books since they were a very small child. So much, in fact, that they taught themself to read at the age of 3 because no one had the time to read them as many stories as they wanted to hear. This love of reading and stories clung, steadfastly, through childhood and adolescence. After changing their major many times in college at Appalachian State University, they finally decided on English Literature. The classes they took, with passionate and knowledgeable professors, only served to increase their appetite for literature.

    • Ellie Alvarez
      Ellie Alvarez

      According to Mary's Twitter, they use they/them pronouns.

  • tamika sims
    tamika sims

    Love John Baptiste! He deserves more screen time; his musical talent and positivity is just what we all need.

  • VHS Archive
    VHS Archive

    Aaaaaand they were just bought out by Amazon. And by "they", I mean North Carolina.

  • Five

    Yes. For. Respecting. Nonbinary. Pronouns.

  • beehphy

    So many more Pee breaks

  • blacktionpacked

    it made me so happy to see Stephen use they/them pronouns so effortlessly. Thank you for representing us right!!

  • Carlos Ferrari
    Carlos Ferrari

    That is sooo cool! Very nice to see not only the attempt - which is good enough on its own - but the result going from near closing the business to actually having to hire more people! Think about it: not only this kept the business but also helped more people that otherwise could have been unemployed. Really really great stuff it feels my heart with joy! :D

  • Cat K
    Cat K

    Thank you for being respectful of them. Recognition means everything!!!

  • Maria G.
    Maria G.

    Jon looking even more beautiful

  • Jorge Leyton
    Jorge Leyton

    That is beyond cool... Bravo... !!!

  • Darcy Fleming
    Darcy Fleming

    So, I noticed that Mary preferred to be referred to as "they." As a fellow Enby, thank you Late Show, for being respectful of their pronouns.

  • RomanKFM [worldwide] T.V.
    RomanKFM [worldwide] T.V.

    tom brady reminds me of my useful and fast usps trump voter mailman.

  • Milka N.
    Milka N.

    Thank you Colbert and the Late Show crew and all the people who participated in making this commercial for Foggy Pine Books in Boone, NC. It’s so endearing to see small businesses lifted in this economy. THANK YOU!

  • Susan Hennessy
    Susan Hennessy

    Hats off to you Sir for utilizing your platform form to boost the business of this small book store!

  • vikamann123

    Give Stephen Colbert a medal. I had to resist tearing up watching this.

  • princebuttercup

    I love this man more every day 🥺

  • Tanya H
    Tanya H

    That guy Tom H. has a really nice singing voice 🙂. And then Jon Baptiste plays "When the Saints Go Marching in"

  • brittney griggs
    brittney griggs

    This was the most wonderful acts of kindness to help a small business and save jobs during this entire pandemic. It playing during the superbowl put it over the top 💕 you are wonderful people

  • Willow McBee
    Willow McBee

    THIS is how you use They/Them pronouns!!! PERFECT. Thank you, Stephen!

  • arthur king
    arthur king

    Don't forget Sam Eliot's voice over

  • Sailor DaiGurren
    Sailor DaiGurren

    Wait. You didn't warn them so they could prepare for the influx of business beforehand? Jeebus.

  • Brian S
    Brian S

    Joe Fox promoting a small bookstore?

  • Mr Tank
    Mr Tank

    "Yawn" Y'all should come and play. Bring some of them books... and some libations...

  • horst gentle
    horst gentle

    Support your local (book)store

  • Narlyskillz Dos Adar
    Narlyskillz Dos Adar

    Stop sniffing those sharpies Mr. Colbert! And what are you talking about the braves will be marching in next year? I think that’s the sharpie talking. 😝

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  • Clarissa Thompson
    Clarissa Thompson

    What a joy it is to see excellent humans in action!!!

  • Samsquantch

    All i wanna know is what records you are listening to on that nifty little turntable i just noticed fornthe first time

  • Quan Love
    Quan Love

    I love John he rocks ✅

  • Mike Wood
    Mike Wood

    Wait. So Tom Hanks played Joe Fox in You've Got Mail. Owner of a Barnes and Noble equivalent mega bookstore than wants to crush Meg Ryan's neighbourhood Books of Wonder bookstore. Twenty three years later, he redeems himself by stepping up to help out Foggy Pine Books. Nicely done, Stephen - and Tom too. :)

  • crovax 13
    crovax 13

    I'm so happy that this happened!

  • AbsentWithoutLeaving

    Stephen, don't oversell the pee breaks. We all know the boss lady is Ruthless.

  • D M
    D M

    Thanks for promoting nonbinary pronouns! We appreciate it, bigtime. At least I do anyway, lol.

  • Sarah Hageman
    Sarah Hageman

    Foggy Pine is my local bookstore, and they SO deserve this incredible windfall and moment in the spotlight! I highly recommend getting one of their “mystery boxes” based on your interests. I bought one early in the pandemic and what they chose for me was right on the money 💰👌 💗

  • Kimmy Igla
    Kimmy Igla

    Hahahah the way he was sniffing that sharpie 😂

  • K. C
    K. C

    Also, if you are reading / watching, I hope you are inspired to order something from your local small business owner ... I'm sure delivery is possible!

  • Andrew Pennington
    Andrew Pennington

    Oh yeah. Steve is super concerned. A flaccid shout out to actual people eating shit in the place he ran from. Puke

  • K. C
    K. C

    Makes me want to go to Boone, just to buy a book at Foggy Pine ... Thank you on behalf of book sellers and book buyers and even book readers everywhere, Stephen and "A" Late Show!