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39. Cheri Oteri
Oteri's hefty contributions to "SNL" over five seasons can't be underestimated - she was one of a trifecta of women including Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon who helped the show reverse course after its disastrous 1994-5 season - with a laundry-list of hilariously manic recurring characters like prescription-addled cart-pusher Collette Reardon, angry Queens porch-dweller Rita DelVecchio, insipid morning chat-show host Cass Van Rye and, of course, over-enthusiastic Spartan cheerleader Arianna. Though her cracked-out Barbara Walters impression remains my favorite, she was less known for her celebrity impersonations than for her wacky recurring characters, all of whom were drawn from a wellspring of jacked-up energy (her through-line persona evoked a ditzy screwball heroine on uppers).
Oteri's post-"SNL" career hasn't been nearly as high-profile, but her little-seen AMC web series "Liza Life Coach" saw her emerging in fine form years after her departure.
- Chris Eggertsen