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Cheryl Ann Oteri

Occupation Actress, Comedian
Years active 1995–present

Cheryl Ann Oteri (/ˈtɛri/) is an American actress and comedian. A nominee of a Primetime Emmy Award, Oteri is known for her work on the sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live, on which she was a regular cast member from 1995 to 2000.

Early life

Oteri is the daughter of Gaetano Thomas Oteri. She has Italian ancestry.


Saturday Night Live (1995–2000)

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.

Celebrities that Oteri impersonated included Alanis Morissette, Barbara Walters, Cyndi Lauper, Mariah Carey, Marla Maples, Debbie Reynolds, Jennifer Lopez, Ross Perot, Jennifer Tilly, Paula Jones, Tori Spelling, Melanie Chisholm, Jessica Simpson, Fran Drescher and Katie Couric.

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.
  • 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, Attic boutique owner
  • Adele, an office worker
  • Laura Zimmerman, one half of the Zimmermans, who suddenly break into rough behavior before returning to casual conversation as if nothing happened (with Chris Kattan)


Oteri has appeared in a number of 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. Shows on which she made guest appearances include Just Shoot Me!, Strangers with Candy. She portrayed 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 and moved to Comedy Central in May 2010.

Oteri played a tooth fairy on Imagination Movers, a regular on the Playhouse Disney block. 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.

Cheri is an occasional guest on Jeff Lewis' talk radio show on Radio Andy, the Andy Cohen channel on SiriusXM.



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 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 Clarice
2019 Drama Drama Miss Macy
2022 Out of Office TV movie


Year Title Role Notes
1995–2000 Saturday Night Live Various Main cast
1997–1999 Just Shoot Me! Cindy 2 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
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
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Guest Judge 1 episode
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
2016–2017 The Fairly OddParents Connie Carmichael (voice) 5 episodes
2016 Scream Queens Sheila Baumgartner Episode: "Handidates"
2016 Those Who Can't Cathy Goodman 7 episodes
2017-2022 Puppy Dog Pals Esther / Mouse (voices) 56 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"
2019–2021 Big City Greens Gwendolyn Zapp (voice) 5 episodes
2019 New Year's Eve Live Barbara Walters
2020 The Boss Baby: Back in Business Multi-Multi-Task CEO Baby (voice) Episode: "Halloween"
2021 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now! Lazlo the Mechanic

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