Oteri appeared on Saturday Night Live for five seasons. She is probably best known for her portrayal of Arianna, the female half of the Spartan Spirit Cheerleader Squad, as well as Cass Van Ry, the dense and shallow co-host of the fictional talk show Morning Latte. Oteri's other popular characters include: Rita, the self-appointed mayor of her street who polices local neighborhood children; and the prescription-addled Colette Reardon. Her hysterical impressions of Barbara Walters and Judge Judy have both been Cheered by TV Guide. Other memorable impersonations include Mariah Carey, Melissa Rivers, Jennifer Lopez and Ross Perot. Oteri's SNL characters were celebrated this year with a Best of Cheri Oteri special on SNL.
In addition to her acclaimed work on Saturday Night Live, Oteri received an Emmy nomination for her memorable guest-starring role as inept but perky secretary Cindy on the hit NBC sit-com Just Shoot Me, and also guest starred in Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Her film credits include Scary Movie, directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans; Liar Liar, opposite Jim Carrey; Small Soldiers; Inspector Gadget; Love & Sex; and Dumb and Dumberer. More recent films include Park, Smile and Surviving Eden, in which she co-stars as a reality show contestant. She also co-stars with The Rock and Seann William Scott in this year's Cannes entry Southland Tales. Prior to joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, Oteri was a member of the Los Angeles-based improv/sketch comedy group The Groundlings.
She is currently developing a comedy series with J.J. Abrams.
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Cheri Oteri Facts
|September 19, 1965 (58)
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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