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Ted L.  Nancy's first book, Letters from a Nut, with an introduction by Jerry Seinfeld, now has more than 225,000 copies in print.  In More Letters From a Nut, master-prankster Nancy shares even more ...

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Seinfeld.  For more than 33 million viewers, the Emmy Award-winning television show has become a Thursday night ritual.  Now, even though the show has ended, Jerry Seinfeld's distinct brand of humor can still be yours.  

Ted L.  Nancy's first book, Letters from a Nut, with an introduction by Jerry Seinfeld, now has more than 225,000 copies in print.  In More Letters From a Nut, master-prankster Nancy shares even more sidesplittingly funny letters he has written and the unbelievable true responses he has received.

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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
The Barnes & Noble Review
June 1998

Who is Ted Nancy? What is he after? Just what, exactly, makes this madman tick? The mystery grows each and every day. Letters From a Nut, featuring an introduction by Jerry Seinfeld, was published to massive and instantaneous success. Nancy's preposterous letters — inquiries, requests, compliments, and complaints to corporate VIPS, petty bureaucrats, semicelebrities, and others — and the often even more hilarious (because they were, for the most part, serious) answers, struck a nerve somewhere deep in the sophomoric heart of the American sense of humor. The second collection of Nancy's ridiculous correspondence, More Letters From a Nut, is available, with yet another introduction by Seinfeld, and it begs the question: How long will this go on?

Jerry Seinfeld claims in his introduction not to actually know Ted Nancy. Jerry Seinfeld apologizes to America for having loosed Nancy on the public — he thinks it has all gone a bit too far. Jerry Seinfeld, referring to Nancy as a "micro-brained sociopath," confesses to being afraid of him: "I used to wonder if someday I would find the real Ted L. Nancy. Now I worry that someday he will find me."

However long Ted Nancy will, in fact, be able to keep this up (the volume of letters and responses, when one considers the amount of time in which they were written, would suggest that he does little else with his days), whether or not he will produce a new collection every ten months, and whether he will ever find Jerry Seinfeld all remain to be seen. One thing is certain: Ted L. Nancyhasfound a simple but potent formula for creating humor.

A sample: This letter is addressed to the Licensing Office, in Billings, Montana:

Dear Licensing Bureau: I will soon open "Nostrils by the Bay — Premier Belgian Cuisine." I will cater to the upscale diners and have dancing, valet parking, and a sketch artist that will draw people while they eat. Please advise on how I get a license. I will erect a 50 foot Nostrils sign where people walk in through openings. It will be the largest free standing Nostrils sign in Montana.

Only Florida has one bigger.

I look forward to hearing from you with my permit information soon. And please stop by and try our new Lions Club Sandwich. The B.L.T. Bacon, lion, and tomato.

Complimentary, of course.

Thank you, Ted L. Nancy

On the adjoining page sits a copy of the reply (on Billings, Montana, County of Yellowstone letterhead). It is a completely straight response by a bureaucratic office to a legitimate request for a food-service establishment license. Nancy's letter is funny because it's crazy. You read it and laugh (ha ha). The letter from the licensing bureau is funny because it's so blah, and you can't imagine that someone would actually take the time to write it. You laugh again (ho ho). Then you get a little confused. You realize that there is something about the juxtaposition of the two letters that hints of an inherent madness — it's not simply in the original loony request, or in the rote response, but in the combination of the two, in the fact that they manage to coexist in a symbiotic relationship and, by extension, in the logistical workings of a society that has allowed them to. Then you laugh again, only harder.

But that might be getting a bit more profound than is called for. Mainly, More Letters From a Nut is good, inane, goofy fun. Ted L. Nancy's comic genius is deranged, sure; but isn't all good genius tinged with insanity? He may be a wacko, but he's probably not really dangerous. Probably.

— Olli Chanoff

From the Publisher
"Any individual wearing a mosquito outfit . . . will be immediately evicted from the bus."
--City of Las Cruces, New Mexico

"Hyundai regrets to inform you that we do not manufacture a folding car that fits in your pocket."
--Hyundai Automobiles

"A Captain Belch's Seafood fare franchise would be another fine establishment for this area."
--City of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

"I wish a thumb would work for a nose, but I think that you can understand how you couldn't blow it!"
--Edward O. Terino, M.D.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553109580
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/13/1998
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 344,192
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Interviews & Essays

On Thursday, June 18, welcomed Ted L. Nancy, author of MORE LETTERS FROM A NUT.

Moderator: Welcome, Ted L. Nancy! It's quite amazing to have you with us tonight! Is this your first online appearance?

Ted L. Nancy: Yes, if you don't consider the nasty clubs.

bobBat from Hi, Ted L. Nancy! Your books rock!! Tell me, what is the percentage of letters that get answered? Do most businesses ignore you?

Ted L. Nancy: About 90 percent reply. Most business are very friendly and would welcome a man checking in with his own ice machine.

Francis from Brooklyn, NY: Are you a native of Thousand Oaks? How have the residents of Thousand Oaks, California, received your newfound infamy?

Ted L. Nancy: Yes. They spit on my driveway. Ha to them, I wear a protective splash.

Ned from Stuart, FL: Do you have a mission in writing these letters? A goal? A deep-seated and powerful force that drives you on? A search for truth? Or is it just that they're funny?

Ted L. Nancy: To swathe a path for those who may tread down a similar road. And also to get chicks.

Maura from Peotone, IL: In your response from the city of Las Cruces, Debbie T. Calderon, Business Permits Review, writes back a four-page letter, ending with, "On behalf of all of Las Cruces, thank you for your correspondence. We definitely believe your proposal sucks." First, how do you deal with such harsh and unwelcoming criticism? And secondly, are officials allowed to respond like this? Aren't they putting their jobs in jeopardy?

Ted L. Nancy: I put their response in a book. And for those of you living or passing through Las Cruces, please stop by a Hungry Mosquito restaurant for a free Kangaroo Krunch. We leave the pouch on.

Philbert from Tazmania: Ted, is that you? I am so happy to know you are real. Have you ever written to Tazmania?

Ted L. Nancy: Yes, it is me Philbert. I am currently awaiting a Tazmanian reply.

Oren P. from Cypress Creek, FL: What was the last letter you wrote?

Ted L. Nancy: The last letter I wrote was -- I am trying to set up my "I'll Tell You a Sad Story" kiosks in malls across America. I've just ordered uniforms for all "Sad Story Associates." Drop on by!

Teddy from Scranton, PA: Ted, have you ever lived out one of your fantasies, like checking into a hotel painted orange?

Ted L. Nancy: Yes, and orange does not go with all clothes. I did see the Lakers with my buttocks exposed. I bought a pennant.

Jen from Binghamton, NY: Since your address is in your book, do you receive lots of fan mail? Death threats? Is this perhaps the source for your next book?

Ted L. Nancy: Yes. Please write me. I love getting mail. No death threats, please.

Newman from New York: I want to hear about your mailman. Isn't he curious?

Ted L. Nancy: My mailman tried to bite me. I had to use pepper spray on him.

Mira from Des Moines, IA: Are you aware that the cover to your new book is very similar in shape and color to the book by Pope John Paul II? I have both on my nightstand and am never disappointed by which one I pick. Are you single?

Ted L. Nancy: Yes. We both fought over the idea and decided to share. I am single. There is only one of me. What's your favorite Pope letter?

Rrrrrringo Starrrrrr from Cali: Are "The Fat Beatles" still together? Any plans to tour?

Ted L. Nancy: Yes they are. They are still "the Flab Four." They'll be touring Las Cruces -- check the Hungry Mosquito schedule.

Diedre from Bethlehem, PA: What would you do if you received one of your letters? Would you answer yourself? Or would you be amused? Would you take a guy like you seriously?

Ted L. Nancy: I have received one of my letters, and I have answered myself. I was disappointed.

Flaaabinn from Clovis: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Ted L. Nancy: An older me.

Jamie from Los Angeles, CA: Your book was given to me by my friend Bob Eubanks. Have any comic performers other than Jerry Seinfled told you how funny your books are? We all love them.

Ted L. Nancy: Thank you for the nice compliment. I like Bob Eubanks too. I have been told many comic performers like the book.

Rowan from Kirklin, IN: What kind of sound comes from a mosh party with people over 500 pounds?

Ted L. Nancy: You wanna buy the tape?

H.J.M. from Prodigy: Hi, Ted! I love your books! Have people caught on yet, because of the success of your book? Do you have a hard time getting good responses from people now because they know you're out there?

Ted L. Nancy: I am forced now to get mail from Czechoslovakia.

Pete from Wausau, WI: I'm assuming you work from maps.... So, as a map connoisseur, of sorts, can you recommend a good one for such purposes?

Ted L. Nancy: Yes, I do work from maps, and I highly recommend the AM/PM maps from Durham, North Carolina.

Mira from Des Moines, IA: I looked in the Pope's book, but I can't find any letters. Are we talking about the same book???

Ted L. Nancy: Are we talking about the same Pope?

Concerned from Chicago, IL: Hi there, Ted! I'm so glad to see you online tonight, because I know you don't make any appearances or do signings. Do you get lonely?

Ted L. Nancy: My 900 bill is $3,000 a month. I'm down to "Talk Dirty to a Handkerchief."

Will from Newark: Love your books. Can we expect more, or are these all there are? Please say there are more to come. If not, don't.

Ted L. Nancy: Expect more. I can't stop. STEVE!!!

Rob from Tucson, AZ: What is the hardest part of being a secret person. Have you had to change your ID and credit cards?

Ted L. Nancy: Who's got credit? I have a map from an Arco station, and that's it.

Albert from Bangor, ME: Have you ever made friends as a result of writing a letter to somebody?

Ted L. Nancy: I spent February with the King of Tonga. He likes Pay Less Shoes and Office Depot.

Ray from Arcadia: Since reading your first book I have wanted to make my own shrimp costume. Do I need to see someone about this?

Ted L. Nancy: You should consult any manager of a Long John Silver's.

Lumpy from LaGuardia: I am a frequent flyer, and have been looking for a good mattress shop in every airport I go to, but to no avail! I've got cash. I have two questions One, where can I find a "Walt's Mattress Shop" I'm flying into O'Hare next week, and two, my luggage only allows for a queen-size mattress. Do you really only carry king-size ones?

Ted L. Nancy: Sorry, we only carry king-size. I suggest you change your airline, airport, and * sleeping habits.

Henk from Greenwich, CT: Your letters are funny, but what makes your book brilliant is the responses you get back from people! What is your favorite response you've ever gotten?

Ted L. Nancy: Any of the prisons in the Cooped-Up section. My yogurt experiments are almost complete and ready for the Florida maximum-security prison system.

Marina from Fort Collins: My mom really had an old dog named Ahmed, but we called him Cinnamon. Would it be OK for me to send you a picture of him?

Ted L. Nancy: Please do.

Clark from North Hollywood: These are the funniest books in the world. I laugh so hard I cry. How can I be funny like you?

Ted L. Nancy: Squinch your eyes and step on a rake.

Teresa from Trinidad: What are you wearing?

Ted L. Nancy: An alligator belt and an orthopedic brace.

Dave from New York: Please tell us all why anyone would think that aliens would abduct and then tickle you? I need this information.

Ted L. Nancy: First off, I'm president of the Male Tickle Club. There is no tickling going on here now! Second, tickling is common among alien abductions. That's why you need to wear a tickle bib when you're in the woods alone.

Homer from homer.nETI like you, Ted, and I think y: Because it has a Piet Depsi coupon in it.

Ted L. Nancy:

Martin from Rochester, NY: What sort of shaving cream do you prefer to cover your body with? And foam or gel? Go Capitals!

Ted L. Nancy: Papa Sloppy's Dutch Country Peppermint Cream but not for all parts. Go Caps!

Ryan from Python, NM: Are you ever going to do a book signing in Santa Fe? I would like to paint a picture of you for a gift.

Ted L. Nancy: Yes. In the meantime send me the picture.

Heather from San Diego, CA: Have you ever gotten in trouble for sending a letter to anyone? If punished, how?

Ted L. Nancy: Yes.I've had the Vlade Divac Spankpaddle turned up to 7. Nobody should have to go through that.

Johannes from Sennahoj: What are your hobbies?

Ted L. Nancy: Funny pumpkins.

Jim@jbob from Dixie: Please tell us the true story about "Party Midget."

Ted L. Nancy: "Party Midget" was an underground bestseller chronicling Maurio Thumb, the midget who really got down. He hid in an Oak Ridge Boy's beard.

Tilly from Raleigh, NC: What is your favorite thing to eat when you are writing your letters?

Ted L. Nancy: Anything with my fork.

Torres from Oak Park, IL: Ted, maybe you can help me. I have been trying to find a translation for this word, but it is not in any of my dictionaries. Is it even English? What does it mean? Here's the word "Imbiosynchronesia."

Ted L. Nancy: It's an itch medicine. I've got it on now.

Moderator: Thank you for joining us tonight, Ted L. Nancy. We've had a great time, and we hope we can persuade you to join us again with your next book. Before you go, any closing comments for your readers?

Ted L. Nancy: I'm happy to come back any time. The questions were great, I had a hoot! Thank you all, you're nuts! Talk to you next time! And hello to Marty, who's recovering in the hospital. I love you.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    Genius book

    Truly a wonderful comedy book. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009


    This is a really funny book. There is only one Ted L. Nancy! And he writes a funnier book here then he did on the first one. These books are classics! I totally recommend ALL of Mr. Nancy's books if you want to laugh out loud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    Nuts are hard and soft headed.

    Liked the book which was as fast a read as the sports book about Jerry, Little Gentlemen. Worth the time for the humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2001

    Just plain funny!

    This has to be the funniest thing I have ever read! I laughed out loud at nearly every letter in this book, and the ones that I didn't laugh out loud at I smiled! I think that Jerry Seinfeld may just be Ted L. Nancy, he's done the forward for all 3 books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2000

    a must own coffie table book

    I bought this book for my father for christmas, my family and I were reading it outloud and we were all laughung so hard we were in tears. If you are reading it by yourself or with your family and friends you will laugh out loud.

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