Since his eponymous sitcom went into reruns, Jerry Seinfeld has been less a fixture on the public radar, though he’s hardly disappeared.
Among recent sightings, there was last year’s docu “Comedian,” which chronicled the standup’s effort to launch a new act. Then there are the multiple volumes of “Letters From a Nut,” which have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The Brooklyn comic penned intros to each edition, the latest of which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000.
The author of those books was Ted L. Nancy, a pseudonym behind which many fans insist stands Seinfeld. (Who else would compose a mock letter to the Ritz-Carlton about having lost a Prussian sword at the hotel’s urinal?)
Now another Seinfeld intro is on the way, this one for a book in a similar vein: “The Moron Stories of Ed Broth,” also to be published by St. Martin’s and written by Ed Broth himself, whoever he is. Broth’s specialty: oddball stories submitted to — and epistolary exchanges with — the editors of specialty magazines such as Fencing Monthly.
Like Nancy, Broth is a fake name, causing a new flurry of speculation as to Seinfeld’s writerly ambitions.
And like Steve Martin, whose novel, “Shopgirl,” is in development as a feature film, Broth appears to be laying the foundations for a bigscreen move. It’s rumored there’s a full-length feature film script under Broth’s name, set to be circulated in Hollywood.
The comedian has said on the record he’s not Ted. No word yet on Ed.