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Cheri Oteri

Cheri Oteri
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Oteri in 2016
Cheryl Ann Oteri

(1962-09-19) September 19, 1962 (age 57)
Years active1995-present

Cheryl Ann Oteri (born September 19, 1962) is an American actress and comedian who was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2000.

Personal life

Cheryl Ann Oteri was born and grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia. She is the daughter of Gaetano Thomas Oteri, who founded and was the CEO of a music publishing company Of Music, and Patricia Breen Oteri [1] She has Italian ancestry.[2] She grew up with three siblings, Denise, Brian and Tommy Jr.,[] and attended Archbishop Prendergast High School in Upper Darby's Drexel Hill neighborhood.


After moving to Los Angeles at age 25, Oteri worked at A&M Records for four years and eventually joined famed comedy troupe The Groundlings. In 1995, producers of Saturday Night Live (SNL) attended a performance with the intention of auditioning fellow Groundlings member Chris Kattan. Oteri performed a monologue during one of Kattan's costume changes, which led to her own invitation to audition for SNL, along with Kattan and fellow Groundling Will Ferrell. She was hired as a repertory performer in September 1995 as part of an almost entirely new cast, which was brought in after the show's disastrous 1994-1995 season.[3]

She has also appeared in several movies, including Scary Movie, Inspector Gadget, Liar Liar, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Shrek the Third and Southland Tales. She starred in two TV pilots that did not make it to air: Loomis and With You in Spirit.

She has also made guest appearances on television shows, such as Just Shoot Me!, Strangers with Candy and as Martine, the emotionally unstable nanny on Curb Your Enthusiasm. In 2009, Oteri became a regular voice cast in the Fox animated comedy series, Sit Down, Shut Up. She voices Helen Klench, the unappreciated librarian who often gets mistaken for objects, such as brooms or toilet brushes. The series premiered on April 19, 2009[4] and moved to Comedy Central in May 2010.[4] She also played a tooth fairy on Imagination Movers, a regular on the Playhouse Disney block.[4]

She starred in the AMC web series Liza Life Coach in 2010. Oteri appeared in the pilot episode of Glory Daze, which premiered on TBS on November 16, 2010. She hosted AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live on May 26, 2016 in New York City.[5]

Oteri reprised her role as Barbara Walters on the CNN special New Year's Eve Live 2020. Host Anderson Cooper doubled over in laughing fits during her monologue as Walters.[6]

Saturday Night Live

Original characters

  • Arianna, a member of The Spartan Cheerleaders (with Will Ferrell)
  • Rita DelVecchio, a grouchy Philadelphia woman who is mean to the neighborhood children, patterned after Oteri's tough-talking grandmother.[7]
  • Cass Van Rye, the dim-witted co-host of the "Morning Latte" talk show (with Will Ferrell)
  • Mickey "The Dyke", a butch public-access television cable TV host (with Mark McKinney)
  • Nadeen, a testy employee whose catchphrase constantly orders everyone to "Simmer down now!"
  • Althea McMahonaman, an absurdly hyper child who is an awful passenger and disturbs public servants
  • Collette Reardon, a prescription pill-addict
  • Joy Lipton, Erotic Attic boutique owner
  • Adele, a vulgar and highly sexual office worker whose attempts at sexual innuendos disgust rather than attract her colleagues.
  • Laura Zimmerman, one half of the Zimmermans, who suddenly break into rough and sexual behavior before returning to casual conversation as if nothing happened (with Chris Kattan)

Celebrity impressions

Oteri also performed in-character impersonating various celebrities including Alanis Morissette, Barbara Walters, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Reynolds, Jennifer Lopez, Ross Perot and Katie Couric, among many others.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Liar Liar Jane
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Flight Attendant Uncredited
1998 Small Soldiers Globotech Telephone Operator Uncredited
1999 Inspector Gadget Mayor Wilson
2000 Love & Sex Mary
Lured Innocence Molly
Scary Movie Gail Hailstorm
2003 Sol Goode Bernadette Best
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Ms. Heller
2004 Surviving Eden Maria Villanova
2005 Smile Linda
2006 Southland Tales Zora Charmichaels
Park Claire
The Ant Bully Doreen Nickle (voice)
2007 Shrek the Third Sleeping Beauty / Actress (voices)
2008 Surveillance Mom
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Private Jeter
2011 And They're Off Dee
2012 Bad Parents Melissa
2013 Grown Ups 2 Penny
2014 Wishin' and Hopin' Sister Dymphna
2017 F the Prom Christine Datner
2019 Benjamin


Year Title Role Notes
1995-2000 Saturday Night Live Various Main cast
1997-1999 Just Shoot Me! Cindy 2 episodes
1998 Hercules Princess Lavina (voice) Episode: "Hercules and the Jilt Trip"
2000 Strangers with Candy Hillary Episode: "The Last Temptation of Blank"
2001 Ally McBeal Melissa Episode: "Cloudy Skies, Chance of Parade"
2002 Curb Your Enthusiasm Martine Episode: "The Nanny from Hell"
2003 With You in Spirit Montana TV movie
2005 Stephen's Life Principal Ainsley TV movie
2008 Boston Legal Martha Headly Episode: "Kill, Baby, Kill"
2008-2010 The Life & Times of Tim Blobsnark 2 episodes
2008-2012 Easy to Assemble Gigi 4 episodes
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Helen Klench / Parrot (voices) 13 episodes
2010 Glory Daze Joel's Mother Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Glenn Martin DDS Kristy Episode: "Camp"
2012 Dan Vs. Honey O'Houlihan (voice) Episode: "The Cat Burglar"
2012 The New Normal Carla 2 episodes
2013 Jessie Mrs. Falkenberg Episode: "Teacher's Pest"
2013 Christmas in Conway Gayle Matthews TV movie
2014 Hot in Cleveland Dr. Deb Episode: "Bad George Clooney"
2014-2016 The 7D Gingersnaps (voice) 2 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Madeline Ferrari Episode: "Weird Al Yankovic Wears a Different Hawaiian Shirt"
2015 Miles from Tomorrowland Dibblex (voice) Episode: "Unexpected Ally/Skyrise"
2015 The HOA Montana Molone TV movie
2015 Not Safe for Work Misty Ridgeport
2016 Bad Internet The Rachel Episode: "Which of the 'Friends' Are You?"
2016 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Pauline Pappernacky 2 episodes
2016 The Fairly OddParents Connie Carmichael (voice) 2 episodes
2016 Scream Queens Sheila Baumgartner Episode: "Handidates"
2016 Those Who Can't Cathy Goodman 7 episodes
2017 Puppy Dog Pals Esther / Mouse (voices) 13 episodes
2017 Bunsen Is a Beast Miss Flapp (voice) 11 episodes
2018 9JKL Patty Episode: "Stalker Status"
2018 Animals Nurse Deb (voice) Episode: "Dogs. (2)"
2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Connie Episode: "I'm Finding My Bliss"[8]
2019 Big City Greens Gwendolyn Zapp (voice) Episode: "Cricket's Kapowie/Car Trouble"
2019 New Year's Eve Live Barbara Walters


  1. ^ "Philadelphia Inquirer: Search Results".
  2. ^ "".
  3. ^ "KPCS: Cheri Oteri #47". Youtube. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Sit Down, Shut Up". Fox. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ "AXS TV Presents Gotham Comedy Live Live TV Shoot". Archived from the original on February 9, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "'SNL' alum revives iconic character, and Anderson loses it". Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Cheri Oteri - Yahoo! TV". Yahoo TV. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Byrne, Craig (March 12, 2019). "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Photos: "I'm Finding My Bliss"". KSiteTV. Retrieved 2019.

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