Letters From a Nut

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Who is Ted L. Nancy?
He's a concerned hotel guest searching for a lost tooth...

He's a superstitious Vegas high-roller who wants to gamble at a casino in his lucky shrimp outfit...

He's the genius inventor of "Six Day Underwear"...

He's a demanding dramatist seeking an ...

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Overview

Who is Ted L. Nancy?
He's a concerned hotel guest searching for a lost tooth...

He's a superstitious Vegas high-roller who wants to gamble at a casino in his lucky shrimp outfit...

He's the genius inventor of "Six Day Underwear"...

He's a demanding dramatist seeking an audience for his play about his 26-year-old dog, Cinnamon...

He's the proud owner of Charles, a 36-year-old cat who owes his longevity to a pet food company...

He's a loyal fan of the King of Tonga...

He is, in reality, a twisted prankster — a supremely off-kilter alter ego who sends patently ridiculous letters and queries to (and receives surprisingly earnest responses back from) corporate honchos, entertainment conglomerates, national publications, politicians, celebrities and heads of state to everyone, in fact, from the president of the Bon Ami Cleanser Company to U.S. Vice President Al Gore.  

Letters From A Nut is an insanely inspired, truly madcap collection of Nancy correspondence, a laugh-out-loud-in-public-places aggregation of official — and officially certifiable — requests, complaints, fan mail and questions that could not possibly have been taken seriously...but, amazingly, were!

Dear Mr. Nancy:"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

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

"An unending stream of some of the most hilarious exchanges I've ever read. Everyone I lent this book to just read it and laughed out loud like I did. It's so simple, yet totally inventive. I'm sure some sort of mail fraud charges could be brought to stop this man but, personally, I hope they never catch him." —Jerry Seinfeld

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380973545
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 183,167
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

TED L. NANCY is a rogue comedian who hopes to do for comedy what Anonymous did for politics. AUTHOR HOME: P.O. BOX 236 in Thousand Oaks, CA

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    A Great Laugh!

    This book is filled with hilarious letters written by one unique and comical individual. The book is great for a quick read as well as reading several letters in a row. Its a great conversation starter and you're guaranteed to have a few laughs. I like that the content is for general audiences and not crude or obscene... so its appropriate for family or work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Hysterical

    I just happened to spot this book as I was walking out of the store. It was the only copy left in the 'staff recommends' shelf. I was trying not to burst out in laughter in the store as I began to read these crazy letters. I bought it and took it to my neighbor's house. We laughed hysterically as I read out loud several of the letters. This is not meant for anyone who does not have a dry sense of humor or does not understand the humor in the bizarre and random.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    letters from a nut by ted l nancy

    i read this book and could not get enough of it. so i am using this book for a book report it is really cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    Too Funny

    If this book does make you laugh - then you must be died. The Nancy's letters are written with this REAL earnest feeling. Then there is just 'enough' little twist - that's the 'killer'. Then to read the replies from the companies. WOW!! The resecpt that the companies reply with is almost to nice (Elvis is dead by the way. But no one will tell Mr. Nancy). I will be getting the rest of these books. I will be giving these books to friends and more important the people that I hate. Because they need to laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    the nutty letter-writer

    THERE'S no better way to describe Ted L. Nancy than a 'nut.' What else would you call someone who goes out of his way writing bogus letters to hotels, restaurants, publications, candy companies, sports organizations, department stores and many other establishments containing the most outrageous claims and requests? Surprisingly, no matter how peculiar Nancy's missives are (he asks to buy a mannequin from a retail chain because he says it looks remarkably like his dead neighbor and wants to give it to the family of the deceased), most of the recipients have taken the time and effort to reply to him. Little do they know that their legs are being pulled big-time; but not only that, their mail--unfortunately for them--would be compiled for a humor book called 'Letters from a Nut' courtesy of the aforementioned Ted L. Nancy. No one really knows if that is even his real name, or if anyone has ever bothered to check if he actually lives at the address he gives so brazenly (560 North Moorpark Rd. #236 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360). But one thing is sure, he has a gift for creating the most ridiculous letters and yet being taken seriously for them. And Nancy is no doubt laughing his way to the bank because he's already released two follow-up titles--'More Letters from a Nut' and 'Extra Nutty!: Even More Letters from a Nut.' Readers obviously can't get enough of Nancy's cheekiness and the sheer absurdity of what he does. Stand-up comic Jerry Seinfeld bows to Nancy's genius in an introduction he penned for 'Letters from a Nut.' Seinfeld relates that he first made contact with Nancy during a party at a friend's house--not with the person himself, but with his letters. The comedian couldn't help laughing at the unusual correspondence, especially since the various businesses had actually responded to Nancy. 'Then I started reading the letters to my friends, and the next thing I know, the whole room was laughing and having a wonderful time.' Well, why wouldn't they? In a letter to Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, Nancy asks if he can go their casino and gamble while dressed as a shrimp, saying this is his lucky clothing. He details, 'That is a reddish veiny body outfit with a brittle curved fantail. The top of my head will be hardish and crunchy and have tarter (sic) sauce on it. (Not real!) I will wear orangish foam shoes that match the rest of the outfit.' Flamingo answers back, courteously enough, telling Nancy that 'because of the high level of activity created by the outfit, it might be too distractive' but that they would be willing to host him if he visits and gambles in street attire. In an entire section written to various hotels in Las Vegas, Nancy makes all sorts of demands. He asks the Sahara Hotel & Casino if he can install his own drapes in the room with the promise that 'all debris will be removed: pins, hooks, string, etc.' Request denied. He claims to look like Abraham Lincoln and thus implores the Debbie Reynolds Hotel/Casino/Hollywood Movie Museum to section off an area in the coffeeshop where he could take his meals to avoid unwanted attention. Request denied. He inquires from Station Casinos Inc. if he would be allowed to bring his own soda machine, noting that the casino's vendos don't carry orange. Request denied (because they would be willing to stock any flavor of his choice). Seinfeld cites Nancy as a guy who has a problem no one else has. Indeed, he is most creative in thinking up of one predicament after another--losing a bag of otter hair in a hotel room, suffering from immense body odor and asking a restaurant to seat him beside their garbage dumpster, wondering if an airline would accommodate him if he's dressed as a giant rotting radish. There's an elaborate side story behind the last situation: he's part of a traveling dinner theater group and would have little time for a costume change before his performance and incidentally, his role is in an 'exciting play about the food industry'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2003

    One heck of a book

    Ted Nancy's 'Letters from a Nut' is quite possibly the funniest thing I have read. He is a creative genius who has done something no one else ever dreamed of doing. I give him a round of applause for this book and I am glad to see he is still at it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a large amount of laughs. Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    Don't Remember the Last Time I Laughed So Hard

    I just got this book today--I have read half of it already. I literally cried from laughing so hard. You definitely have to have a 'goofy' sense of humor for this...but if you do, be prepared. Too funny, and I can't wait to get the other ones. You WILL laugh out loud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    Ted L. Nancy for President

    These are some of the funniest prank letters I have ever read (see the other volumes in this series for the rest). I had to read the book in short spurts because of the hysterical laughter it engenders. What makes the book, however, is not simply the initial letter, but the equally absurd response(s) it produces. You simply must read to believe. Pick up a copy today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2002

    Pretty funny....

    Aside from the incredibly stupid introduction by Jerry Seinfeld, who may have written the book himself, this is pretty entertaining stuff. I would tend to agree with a previous reviewer who stated that the letters got old, had I sat down and read it as if it were a novel. This is a book that both avid readers and non-readers will enjoy. In a NUTshell: good, clean fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    SO FUNNY

    My teacher read us ine if the storys in the book and it was so funny i though ti would die. I don't have the book yet but i NEED to get it. Its a great book if you are looking for a laugh!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2001

    fantastic!!

    I NEVER laugh out loud. I found this book sitting on a friends coffee table, flipped to the middle of the book and proceeded to wake up the baby sleeping in the next room. After that, it was an addiction. I didn't leave until I had read the whole book, then spent a couple weeks trying to find it. Low and behold there's more!! The imagination of Mr. Nancy is origional in his actions, and impressive in his manners and grammer. This will be one collection I will have complete. (unlike the majority of my bookshelves)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2001

    I thought I would die laughing!

    My husband thought I was experiencing some sort of breakdown because I was laughing hysterically. He got scared. 'It's this book,' I told him,'you've got to read it.' I would marry Mr. Ted L. Nancy,I swear, he makes me laugh. I don't care what he looks like, he is FUNNY. Reviewers always call films or books funny, but they usually aren't. These books are funny. Yes, the letters are repetitive, but that seems to be by intention. You do lose the effect a bit after a while, but mostly this is one of the funniest books I've ever read, and I've read a lot. I plan to buy copies of this book to give to friends for holidays and birthdays. Everyone I know must have a copy. Life cannot be lived without having experienced Mr. Nancy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    About the funniest thing I've EVER read

    I found out about 'Letter's From a Nut' totally by accident...however it was one of the best accidents I have ever made. The word 'Original' comes to mind when it comes to how this book is put together. I rarely if ever laugh out loud, but found myself brought to tears dozens of times while reading this book. As others have already said, it makes you want to write your own letters to see what kind of responses you will get. I have yet to try, but who knows? If you are interested in laughing at things that totally catch you off guard, over and over again, then this book is not to be missed. 'Letters From a Nut', along with both sequels is quite honestly the funniest books I have EVER come across. Give it a shot and be forewarned: If you have a heart condition, you might wanna consult your doctor before opening this up, the resulting laughter could bring about cardiac arrest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    Funny

    I love this book! I am 12 and my dad even likes to read them! It's incredible. read it! :0)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2000

    Letters got old Ted

    This book is cute if you don't books with plots or story lines. No commitment. I found the letters to be repetitious and boring about half way through the book. Otherwise, nice book to have around when on a lunch break or so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    VERY FUNNY BOOK

    He writes letters to hotels and other businesses telling them wierd stuff. These businesses actually reply professionally to his wacky claims. I read this book in one sitting. I actually wrote to a business recently, and it works, they give you free stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    Excellent Fun, I Wanna 'Do It' Now!

    My boyfriend is not a book reader & read this all in one sitting! Fun, creative and kinda makes ya wanna do the same kinda stuff... cuz life is made for fun! (right?)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Letters Hilarious, Replies Better

    great, funny book. top of the line in humor. I would give this book 10 stars if I could. Just trust me and buy it! It is good for laughs so loud, China can hear them

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