Cheri Oteri
Oteri at the SNL 40th Anniversary Event
Biographical Information
Date of Birth: September 19, 1962 (age 56)
Origin: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
Years active: 1995-present
Show Information
Character(s): Sheila Baumgartner
Season(s): Season Two
Show Status: Inactive

Cheryl Ann "Cheri" Oteri is an American comic actress, best known for her role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2000.

She guest-starred in the episode Handidates on the second season of Scream Queens as Sheila Baumgartner.

Early life

Oteri was born Cheryl Ann Oteri in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Gaetano Thomas Oteri, who founded and was the CEO of a music publishing company, "Of Music". She has Italian ancestry and grew up with three siblings - Denise, Brian and Tommy Jr. in Upper Darby. She attended Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.


After moving to Los Angeles at age 28, Oteri worked at A&M Records for four years and eventually joined a comedy troupe called The Groundlings. In 1995, the producers of Saturday Night Live 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 Oteri herself being invited 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. Kattan would not join the cast of SNL until midway through the season.

She has also appeared in several Hollywood 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 an 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. Kenan Thompson, Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Kenny, Jason Bateman, Nick Kroll, Henry Winkler, Will Arnett and Will Forte were the other main cast members. She also 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 (Live TV Shoot) on Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:00 PM at Gotham Comedy Club, New York, NY.

Saturday Night Live (1995 - 2000)

Original characters

  • Arianna: a member of The Spartan Cheerleaders (with Will Ferrell)
  • Rita DelVecchio: a grouchy Philadelphia woman 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: an 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

  • Alanis Morissette
  • Amy Fisher
  • Barbara Walters
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Debbie Reynolds (with Molly Shannon as Ann Miller in the "Leg Up" skits)
  • Downtown Julie Brown
  • Fran Drescher
  • Gloria Stuart
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Jennifer Tilly
  • Jessica McClure
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Joanna Pacitti
  • Jocelyn Wildenstein
  • Judge Judy Sheindlin
  • Jules Asner
  • Kathie Lee Gifford
  • Katie Couric
  • Leslie Abramson
  • Lisa Marie Presley
  • Mariah Carey
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Marla Maples
  • Mary Bono
  • Melanie Chisholm
  • Melissa Rivers
  • Paula Jones
  • Robin Byrd
  • Ross Perot
  • Tina Yothers
  • Tori Spelling
  • Yoko Ono



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Liar, Liar Jane
1997 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
2000 Lured Innocence Molly
2000 Scary Movie Gail Hailstorm
2003 Sol Goode Bernadette Best
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Ms. Heller
2004 Surviving Eden Maria Villanova
2005 Smile Linda
2006 Southland Tales Zora Charmichaels
2006 Park Claire
2006 The Ant Bully Doreen Nickle Voice
2007 Shrek the Third Sleeping Beauty Voice
2008 Surveillance Mom
2008 Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Private Jeter
2009 The Tale of RJ RJ's Mom Short film
2011 A Great Catch Tiffany/ Carol Short film
2011 And They're Off Dee
2012 Bad Parents Melissa
2012 Worst Album Covers Ever: The Brailettes Maggie Short film
2013 Grown Ups 2 Penny
2014 Wishin' and Hopin' Sister Dymphna


Year Title Role Notes
1995-2000 Saturday Night Live Various
1997-1999 Just Shoot Me! Cindy Episodes: "The Assistant" (1997), "First Date" (1999)
1998 Hercules Unknown Episode: "Hercules and the Jilt Trip" (voice)
2000 Strangers with Candy Hillary Episode: "The Last Temptation of Blank"
2001 Loomis Unknown TV Movie
2001 Ally McBeal Melissa Episode: "Cloudy Skies, Chance of Parade"
2002 Curb Your Enthusiasm Martine Episode: "The Nanny from Hell"
2002 The Colin Quinn Show Wife 1 episode
2003 With You in Spirit Montana TV Movie
2003 On the Spot Wild Bachelorette 1 episode
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 Voice (2 episodes)
2008-2012 Easy to Assemble Gigi 4 episodes
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Helen Klench/ Parrot Voice (13 episodes)
2009 Liza Life Coach Liza
2010 Imagination Movers Gladys the Tooth Fairy
2010 Glory Daze Joel's Mother Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Glenn Martin DDS Kristy Episode: "Camp" (voice)
2012 Dan Vs. Honey O'Houlihan Episode: "Dan Vs. The Catburglar"
2012 The New Normal Carla Episodes: "Baby Proofing", "Unplugged"
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 (4 episodes)
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Madeline Ferrari Episode: "Weird Al Yankovic Wears a Different Hawaiian Shirt"
2015 Miles from Tomorrowland Dibblex Episode: "Unexpected Ally/Skyrise" (voice)
2015 Not Safe for Work Misty Ridgeport TV Movie
2016 Bad Internet The Rachel Episode: "Which of the "Friends" Are You?"
2016 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Pauline Pappernacky Voice (4 episodes)
2016 The HOA Montana Molone TV Movie
2016-present Scream Queens Sheila Baumgartner Guest star


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