Born in Upper Darby, PA, Cheri Oteri moved to Los Angeles, where she worked at A&M Records and eventually joined the famed comedy troupe The Groundlings. It was there that she was noticed by Saturday Night Live and was hired as part of a nearly all-new cast brought in to “save the show.”
Oteri would eventually form a third of the so-called “SNL female power trio” that also included Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer. On SNL, she was known for playing a myriad of characters, including “Arianna,” one half of “The Spartan Cheerleaders” alongside Will Ferrell; Italian lady who polices the street from her front yard “Rita DelVecchio”; hyper child bus passenger “Althea McManaman”; overly perky, and ill-informed, “Morning Latte” talk show host “Cass Van Rye”; and “Nadine,” a testy employee who constantly orders everyone to “Simma down now!” Her dead-on impressions of Barbara Walters, Mariah Carey, Robin Byrd and Judge Judy also bolstered her fame.
Since Oteri left SNL, she has appeared in several movies, including Scary Movie, Inspector Gadget, Liar Liar, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Shrek the Third, Southland Tales, Park, Major Movie Star and Surveillance, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. Her other television credits include guest spots on Strangers with Candy, Just Shoot Me, (*for which she received an Emmy nomination), Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Boston Legal, Sit Down Shut Up and she is currently starring in Liza The Lifecoach for AMC.
Oteri lives in Los Angeles.