With ‘Haters Back Off!’ Colleen Ballinger has given a character who started as an inside joke on YouTube her own Netflix series. - From Daily Beast
But Miranda, a home-schooled teenager who lives with her mother, sister and uncle, takes everything way too seriously to laugh.
What is that supposed to mean?” In real life, it was these interactions with “haters” that helped turn Ballinger, as Miranda Sings, into one of the most popular “creators” on YouTube with more than seven million subscribers and over 1.1 billion views.
When Ballinger’s agent reached out to tell her the comedian wanted to do something with her for his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, she just assumed it was some kind of promo, not that she would be an actual guest on a show that up until that point had only featured household names like Chris Rock and Tina Fey.
It also helped set the stage of Haters Back Off!, which she had been developing with her brother, Chris Ballinger, as a movie project for years.
But the decision to “come out” as Colleen Ballinger actually happened years ago when she started appearing as herself on a separate YouTube channel under the name PsychoSoprano.