Whatever happened to Cheri Oteri?

Comedy often operates on a club-like system, with collectives of actors populating one another’s projects. For example: the “Frat Pack” of Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and Owen Wilson, or how former Groundlings Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone round out the casts of their movies with as many Groundlings as possible. SNL is probably the most illustrious comedy club of them all, with relationships forged in those late-night trenches leading to long-term work arrangements. For example, Tina Fey’s old SNL castmates like Rachel Dratch and Chris Kattan popped up on 30 Rock (which starred Tracy Morgan and frequent SNL host Alec Baldwin), and Adam Sandler’s movies are an excuse for him to hang out with David Spade and Rob Schneider. 

However, if your former cast mates seem to hate you and proclaim that in public, it’s probably not going to lead to a supporting role in their big summer movies. In his 2009 memoir I Am the New Black (via Entertainment Weekly), Morgan calls out Cheri Oteri (and Chris Kattan) for disrespecting him and being rude at SNL. “Where’s Cheri Oteri now?” Morgan wrote. “That b**** can’t even get arrested.” 

When Morgan recorded the audiobook version, he went off script and expanded on his thoughts on former SNL cast members (via Gawker). “There were people that treated me beautifully, like Will Ferrell and Colin Quinn and Molly Shannon — I love them. But Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan — I never cared for them either. F*** ’em.”

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