On to 'Late Night'
Seth Meyers hasn't forgotten his roots
Seth Meyers, right, and Greg Henrichon celebrate after their 1992 graduation from Manchester High School West. (COURTESY)
"It feels like an honor," said Meyers. "Not a lot of people get a whole hour to fill four nights a week. 'Late Night' has been the place for interesting, creative comedy since Letterman, and I can't believe they're giving me the keys."
"It's been a thrill for us. We've been to the White House for the Correspondents Association dinner and afterward to a party at the French ambassador's house, and when all these officials and entertainers tell you what a wonderful son you have, it's just amazing," said Larry Meyers. "Every parent just wants their children to be happy, and if you love what you do, it's icing on the cake."
"My parents introduced me to a lot of comedy at a young age - Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, SNL and Monty Python. And David Letterman was the first late night host I had an appreciation for," Meyers said. "I missed Carson, but with Letterman, we would all tape it so we could recite the Top Ten lists on the way to school."
Meyers is also lucky at romance and married his longtime girlfriend, Alexi Ashe, on Sept. 1 on Martha's Vineyard.
"Alexi is a sweetheart," said Hilary Meyers, who is known to her students as Madame Meyers. Madame Meyers started the French language program in Bedford and taught at McKelvie and the Ross A. Lurgio schools for 27 years, retiring in June 2012 after a 30-year career.
Among the guests at Seth and Alexi's wedding were his friends, Dianthe Doldo and Greg Henrichon, both of Bedford. Henrichon says he took Meyers under his wing in the fourth grade, and they have remained great friends.
Doldo and Meyers became friends during their senior year at Manchester West High School, Class of 1992. She said Meyers has always been smart, funny and successful.
"We met during math class. Seth sat next to me the whole year. He definitely made a boring math class very fun," said Doldo, whose maiden name is Schroeder. "We didn't pay much attention to the teacher, and Seth would just tell me stories and jokes the entire time. Every night after "Seinfeld'' aired, he would come in and recite the entire episode to me. I am not sure how he remembered it, but he was even funnier than watching it the night before."
She remembers the first night Meyers appeared on "Saturday Night Live" like it was yesterday, and she will tune in to "Late Night" to watch her friend, who never let success go to his head.
Walter Lubelczyk, one of Meyers' favorite teachers at West High School, also stays in touch with the "Late Night" star.
"Not many students stick out as much as Seth. He deserves every success. He was just an outstanding kid," said Lubelczyk.
Meyers was in Lubelczyk's constitutional law class in high school, and they played racquetball every Wednesday. Lubelczyk said Meyers was a straight-A student and, of course, funny. During the high school's senior show, Meyers had a bit of stage fright, said Lubelczyk.
"Seth said, 'I don't know if any words will come out of my mouth.' I told him not to worry because everything he does is wonderful," said Lubelczyk.
Henrichon said he and Meyers have always been like brothers, and sometimes that led to some classic fights over the years.
"Seth grew up in an amazing family environment, of which I spent much of my childhood," he said. "His parents are very warm and loving. I have fond memories of playing football with his dad or going to Marblehead during the summer with his mom. Seth's dad might be the funniest person in the family. His brother, Josh, is also hysterical and just a great guy. His mother, Madame Meyers, is the glue that holds it all together. Overall, it's a wonderful family and not a surprise that so much success has been a result."
"From the time Seth was a little boy, it wasn't just writing, but he also took cartooning lessons," she said. "I knew he wouldn't be happy doing serious acting and being other people. He has built his career on being Seth Meyers."
This week, Seth Meyers will continue to make history in comedy and has some special guests and a great show lined up for his fans.
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