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Little Billy's Letters: An Incorrigible Inner Child's Correspondence with the Famous, Infamous, and Just Plain Bewildered Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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“I generally resent humorous authors more clever than I am, but “Little Billy’s Letters” take the cake and he generously shares them. A masterpiece of mischief!” (Alan Abel, elder statesman of hoaxers and the man Esquire magazine called ‘the Best Prankster of All Time”)
“This book will both amuse and disturb you. Oh, wait, and also amurb you as well. It demonstrates an obsessive dedication to the prank art form that moves me to tears!!” (David Cross, Comedian and author of I Drink for a Reason)
“Truly funny, fascinating book. Little Billy’s Letters is a delightful, literary Ali G. I couldn’t put it down. Seriously, there’s something with the glue in the binding. Other than that, I loved it!” (Josh Weinstein, Former Showrunner, “The Simpsons”)
“Little Billy’s Letters by Bill Geerhart is, in a word, amazing.” (Larry Gelbart, legendary comedy writer)
“Little Billy’s Letters brought sublime smiles and some howls. Bill Geerhart’s book reminds me of Don Novello’s Lazlo Toth pranks (Novello is the comic genius who created SNL’s Father Guido Sarducci) and Jeffrey Vallance’s 1981 prank book on exchanging neck ties with world leaders to promote peace. (David Cay Johnston, New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist)
“I’m mildly insulted that Little Billy didn’t write to me, but otherwise I love this clever book and so will you.” (Clifford Irving, author of The Hoax)
From the Back Cover
What do Tori Spelling, the Church of Scientology, and Donald Rumsfeld all have in common?: They -- and many others -- have answered letters from "Little Billy", a grown man with a cache of stamps and far too much time on his hands. Funny, touching, and delightfully quirky, Billy's letters cover a broad range of subject matter:
- Operation Drop-Out: Considering dropping out of elementary school, Billy writes to serial killers and celebrities seeking their wise counsel.
- Billy's Law: Which Supreme Court Justice prefers the Big Mac to the Whopper? Who is Janet Reno's favorite crime fighter? What does Robert Shapiro say is the best defense for being framed for murder? Billy finds out.
- The Making of the Class President: Billy runs for class president and collects "endorsements" from Nancy Reagan, Dick Cheney, George HW Bush, Gerald Ford, Bob Dole, Ken Starr, and Colin Powell.
- Choosing My Religion: Billy asks representatives from the Catholic, Presbyterian, Mormon, Raelian, Satanic, Scientologist, Hare Krishna and Unification Church (Moonies) what is "cool" or "easy" about their religion.
Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Celebrities, Heads of Corporations, Serial Killers, Robot Makers, and the NesQuick Bunny have all replied to "Little Billy's" scrawled questions.
Top customer reviews
I could have done without his writing to people like Richard Ramirez and Charles Manson, although their replies are fascinating. However, most of the book is devoted to letters sent to heads of state, military leaders, celebs, and others. Most of them did not get the joke, which makes their serious answers even funnier.