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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1 edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380973545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380973545
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What if you wrote to the Baseball Hall of Fame offering to donate a full set of Mickey Mantle's toenail clippings? Why, they'd be glad to have 'em--even if you are "a Level 4 bed-wetter." Cooperstown is only one of many institutions terrorized in Letters from a Nut, a collection of crazed correspondence by Ted L. Nancy. The name is a pseudonym, perhaps for Jerry Seinfeld, who wrote the introduction. Seinfeld never comes clean, but the yocks sure sound like his material. And the letters have his prints all over them--who else would write the L.A. Lakers posing as a rabid fan who wears pants with a see-through back end, "for medical reasons"? Whoever wrote it, the book's a real lark. Where else can you meet "Pip, the Mighty Squeak," a man who gambles in a giant shrimp costume, or a corn that looks like Shelley Fabares? Only inside the fevered brain of Ted L. Nancy--whether he's Jerry Seinfeld or not.


"I look forward to working with you to create a better future for this great nation." -- Vice President Al Gore

"It is not often that we receive such enthusiastic support for the paper bag." -- The Paper Bag Council

"On behalf of Greyhound, there should be no problem traveling while in your butter costume." -- Greyhound Bus Lines

More About the Author

Ted L. Nancy is a pseudonym used by Barry Marder. Finally the long national nightmare is over. Jerry Seinfeld unmasked the true author of the "Letters From A Nut" books on Larry King Live and The Today Show with Matt Lauer. (To View: Tedlnancy.com)

Mr. Nancy writes earnest letters to Icelandic malls, German theme parks, Norms Barbershop, shoe museums, waffle cone businesses, and an Indian Casino asking to sell ham sandwiches in their restroom. And publishes them along with their equally sincere but hilarious responses. He does this so that others may enjoy it. His letters include: Telling Ralphs Supermarket he bought a haunted sponge from them. Asking an Amsterdam hotel if he can check in with 300 hamsters for his production of Hamsterdam. And warning the telephone company installer about his Electronic Belching Machine on his patio.

His books on Amazon.com are under Ted. L. Nancy or Jerry Seinfeld. No one else. He has no affiliation with any other books or DVD's except what is on this Author's Page. He is proud that his books are suitable for all ages. Many teachers use them in their classrooms as learning tools for students. Mr. Nancy has moved to Glendale, California to be near the Turkish paranormal community. (of which he has attended a meeting) He does not like olives! Visit his website at tedlnancy.com

Barry Marder is a comedian, former writer on "Seinfeld" and the co-writer of Dreamworks' animated hit "Bee Movie." He was a writer for Bill Maher, Jay Leno, & David Letterman. He has performed at most major theaters in the United States as opening act for Jerry Seinfeld. He has also written with George Carlin.

Customer Reviews

This book is a fast read and very funny.
I don't remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading a book.
Allison Fox
It's appropriate for all, clever, and very funny.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Gandelman VINE VOICE on September 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
When Jerry Seinfeld introduces Ted L. Nancy's Letters from a Nut you know it's not going to be just another humor book. The premise is simple: Nancy (is it Jerry Seinfeld? Or Jerry's former collaborator Larry David? Or does Nancy exist -- or is he really some very SERIOUS author having fun?) writes seemingly serious, off-the-wall letters to various companies and indivduals. Some of the funniest are to hotels. In a 1996 letter he writes to the Las Vegas Hilton, saying he has saved up a long time for an Elvis concert and wants to make reservations for the croaked King's Sept 1996 show. Sometimes (as in the Hilton's letter)he gets back a form letter ignoring his letter's contents. Or sometimes, such as when he writes a hotel asking if they found his lost tooth, they answer seriously...as does the Disneyland Hotel, when he writes and asks if he could check in with his own ice machine (the hotel says no). This is laugh-out-loud stuff that you won't be able to put down: a letter to Nordstrom asking to buy a mannequin that looks like his deceased best friend; a letter to the University of Alabama praising the CITY of Alabama, etc. In each case, the complete letter is shown plus the often puzzled response. One note: this is modern "ironic" humor which means the humor isn't in just reading a single letter. It lies in reading the letter and THEN the response (or seeing a nonresponse). Nancy writes even nuttier follow up letters. FOOTNOTE: There are several additional books in the "Letters" series and they are all wonderfully, incredibly nutty. I own all three.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a hilarious look at our culture. It is mischevious without being mean. It can be read aloud, and in short spurts. I confess that I am stopping on the way home tonight to buy stamps....watch out
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Graham on June 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I became interested in this book after reading an article about a sit-com that is in development on one of the major networks based on this book. I am a huge Seinfeld fan and anything with Seinfeld, I am interested in.
As you may or may not know, Jerry Seinfeld is rumored to be the real author of this book, using Ted L. Nancy as his nome de plume. He writes the introduction to the book, and in the introduction he states that he has a "Clark Kent" type relationship with Ted L. Nancy.
Ok, so I picked it up and could not put it down. The book is absolutely hilarious, and even funnier and entertaining when read aloud to family or friends. I read a few at the dinner table and the whole family enjoyed the letters. This is a book that needs to be purchased for its sheer entertainment value.
Ted L. Nancy is America's favorite pen-pal. In "Letters From a Nut" he has published some of his correspondence with various corporations, hotels, casinos, and even Vice President Al Gore. His letters are about ridiculous things, and the responses that they illicit are even more ridiculous. Seinfeld fan or not, this book is laugh out loud funny!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "hummenyhum" on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Who is Ted L Nancy? Judging by this collection of correspondance, Mr Nancy is a man of many faces and restless feet. His ailments and physical traits are many and prone to change (soon he performs as Topps the Slender Giant, soon as Pip the Mighty Squeak, at times he suffers from combined narcolepsy and bed-wetting, at others he plainly wishes to travel in his Human Cheese costume); his hotel visits are numerous and ridden with perils (can he be allowed to bring his own soda machine? how about gambling in a shrimp costume? or trying to retrieve his prussian military swrod, abandoned in a Ritz Carlton restroom). He hawks ingenious product designs to corporations, and he salutes the Kingdom of Tonga and his old, old dog Cinnamon.
Whoever Ted Nancy really is, he is close enough to Jerry Seinfeld to solicit a short foreword from him, however superfluous and gratuitous it may be. And the fact that he is so shamelessly inspired in both deed and means of expression by the infamous Lazlo Toth is only almost as interesting as the fact that whereas Lazlo Toth in the 70ies had a political agenda (and apparently established something of a relationship with president Nixon among others), Nancy in the 90ies is strictly consumer- and showbiz-oriented. Also, the fact that Ted Nancy so often pushes the envelope a little too far means that his inquiries solicit less amusing responses than those of his predecessor.
Ultimately, this is a witty, sometimes outright funny companion to the Lazlo Toth letters, and well worth acquiring if you appreciate not-always-so-subtle practical jokes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 1997
Format: Hardcover
If Ted Nancy is a psuedonym for Jerry Seinfeld or not, this book is by far one of the funniest I've read in a while. Absurd letters to hotels, casinos, airlines, and more... Look for letters like one to a casino regarding weather or not this "Mr. Ted Nancy" would be allowed to bring his own soda vending machine into his hotel room... or if Hanes Co. would be interested in a new 6-day pair of underwear invention with three leg-holes. Then read the serious responses from the companies he wrote to. Most fun to read out loud to friends. Steer clear of the one tedious chapter of "Thank You letters" but enjoy all the rest. Would Greyhound let a time-pressed actor wear his foam costume shaped like a stick of butter on board? Believe it or not... Yes! Definitely one you won't want to put down.
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