Seth Meyers honors his mom, benefits others with Bedford showBy SIMON RIOS
Union Leader Correspondent
May 03. 2012 12:30AM
BEDFORD - 'Saturday Night Live' star and Bedford native Seth Meyers grew up in a household where there were always laughs, according to his mother, Hilary Meyers.
'My husband is a very funny man, and we do a lot of laughing in the house,' said Meyers, who has been teaching French in Bedford schools for 28 years. 'Comedy was the theme of our lives.'
At the request of Meyers and her husband, Seth will be performing a benefit for the Bedford Teachers Foundation in June. With the retirement of Madame Meyers at the end of the school year, her son was poised to make a surprise appearance at her going away party. Since he would be in town, he took up the gig for the Bedford schools, where he is an alumnus.
'I knew he wasn't gong to be a doctor, lawyer or Indian chief,' Mrs. Meyers responded when asked if she foresaw his comedic inclination. 'But I didn't think my wildest dreams it would turn out to be this fabulous.'
Having Seth as a son landed the Meyers couple at last year's White House Correspondents Dinner, where Seth was the featured comic. And they returned again this year to see Jimmy Kimmel - 'who was no Seth Meyers,' she said - just one of the many events mom and dad are invited to each year.
Paul Brock, treasurer of the Bedford Education Foundation, explained the process that went into getting Meyers to perform: ''Gee, do you suppose the next time Seth is in town he might honor us with a stage appearance around which we can hold a fundraiser?''
First, the group went through Mrs. Meyers, and then Mr. Meyers, who reportedly closed the deal.
And the answer was a resounding yes - the first time Meyers has done something like this for his hometown.
BEF has awarded more than $80,000 over the last five years. Its mission is to fund initiatives beyond what is funded by the district. 'The teachers now coming to Bedford have this program to fall back on,' Brock said. 'If they're interested in widening their curriculum or recharging their batteries or investigating in an area,' the foundation can help make it happen.
One seventh-grade teacher spent a week in the Galapagos Islands, thanks to a BEF grant, said Charlie O'Neil, president of the BEF. 'Now she's got this unique perspective having spent some time with species of animals that have never been infringed upon because they live on this remote island.'
Last year the foundation put up $4,000 to help fourth-graders get Lego robot kits, something unlikely to receive taxpayer funding.
BEF is now looking to grow its endowment to the point where interest alone is enough to cover its expenses.
Seth Meyers performs at the Bedford High School auditorium June 3 at 8 p.m., featuring 90 minutes of stand-up comedy. Tickets are available at befnh.org.