Oteri: American actress and comedian
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Oteri (born Cheryl Ann O'Teari September 19, 1962) is an American
actress and comedian known for her work on NBC's Saturday Night
was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Upper Darby
(also the hometown of Tina Fey, another SNL alum). She went to
Archbishop Prendergast High School (on the same campus as
Monsignor Bonner High School), until her junior year when she was
involved with other students in an incident relating to the theft
of the Principal's car and its subsequent destruction. She then
transfered to Central High School also in Philadelphia.
to Los Angeles at age 25, she worked at A&M Records for four
years and eventually joined the famed comedy troupe The
Groundlings. It was there that she was noticed by SNL and was
hired in 1995 as part of a nearly all-new cast brought in to save
the show after its disastrous 1994 season.
would eventually form a third of the so-called "SNL female
power trio" that also included Molly Shannon and Ana
Gasteyer and which was responsible, along with Will Ferrell,
Darrell Hammond and others, for bringing SNL out of its slump. On
SNL, she was known for playing perky, upbeat, and hyper
characters, including cheerleader-wannabe Orianna (one half of
The Spartan Cheerleaders), grouchy Queens resident Rita
DelVecchio, prescription pill-addicted Collette Reardon who
befriends Justin Brown at the Hard Rock Hotel, butch cable access
television host "Mickey The Dyke" (appearing alongside
Mark McKinney's Chicken Lady of Kids In The Hall fame), the
absurdly hyper child bus passenger "Althea McMahonaman,"
overly perky "Morning Latte" talk show host Cass Van
Rye (re-teaming her with "Spartan Cheerleaders" partner
Will Ferrell), and Nadeen, a testy employee who constantly orders
everyone to "Simmer down now!" Her dead-on impressions
of Barbara Walters, Mariah Carey, Robin Byrd and Judge Judy also
bolstered her fame.
left SNL in 2000. She has notably appeared in several Hollywood
movies including Scary Movie, Inspector Gadget, Liar Liar, Dumb
and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, and Shrek the Third. She
starred in two TV pilots that did not make it to air, Loomis and
With You in Spirit. Her non-SNL television credits include guest
spots on Just Shoot Me!, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Strangers With
Candy. She has also been working with Lost creator J.J. Abrams on
a sitcom idea.
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