Miranda was "born on 24th December of , yrs after Jesus one day before Jesus", a quote from Selp-Helf, her book. In Miranda's videos, the character sings badly, discusses current events that she often misunderstands, gives "tutorials" and rants about her critics, the "haters", or as Miranda calls them, hatresses.
Miranda once had a second YouTube channel, mirandavlogz, which she later decided to stop using. Miranda was created as a satire of the many bad but egotistical singers who believe that posting their videos on YouTube will lead to them breaking into show business, ignoring the realistic or cruel comments of "haters" regarding their videos. When the character first began posting videos, much of the audience believed she was an actual person.
In , in addition to her internet videos, Miranda regularly performed cabaret acts at cabaret spaces and theaters in New York, London, and other cities in the U. Her acts include signature off-key singing of pop music hits, with introductions focusing on the her backstory and full of malapropisms and spoonerisms; the acts often incorporate giving a "voice lesson" to, and singing a duet with, Broadway or other musical celebrities, reading "hate mail", and singing while being stabbed through the neck in her "magic act".
Miranda also appeared in a episode of the TV show Victorious. On April 7, , the MirandaSings08 account hit 1,, subscribers. She also supposedly lives with her father but she describes him as boring, so she doesn't talk about him.
On the videos, the Miranda character sings in a comically off-key, yet plausible, voice and covers show tunes and pop music hits, with introductions focusing on the her backstory. She uses spoonerisms and malapropisms, is ludicrously self-absorbed and has a sassy, arrogant attitude. The Times describes her as "self-obsessed and immune to criticism". She responds to viewers who take the videos seriously with the catchphrase, "Haters back off!
She often displays facial traits such as unusually active eyebrows and a crooked smile. Her head is cocked to one side, and her pronunciation quirks include an emphasis on "m" and "b" sounds and the use of a prominent hard 'g' in such words as 'singing' and 'song'. In place of lyrics that she cannot remember, she "scat" sings.
She wears lipstick drawn beyond the borders of her lips, dresses in mismatched out-of-style clothing such as a men's shirt buttoned to the neck with red sweatpants , and often dances stiffly to the music she is performing. Miranda's views of society and morality are politically incorrect, and she displays a strong aversion to anything risque, which she calls "porn". Miranda during one of her shows In the cabaret acts, Miranda typically sings several songs from the musical theatre repertoire as well as some current popular songs in her signature off-key style; gives "voice lessons" or acting lessons to Broadway or West End stars, such as Sutton Foster, Andrew Rannells, and Shoshana Bean, to the Broadway casts of shows such as Billy Elliot to which cast she also gave dance and acting "lessons" and Rock of Ages, and to pop stars such as Ariana Grande, in which she is hypercritical of the stars' performances, often telling them that they should leave show-business; signs one or more duets with established and bemused musical theatre singers, indignantly reads hate mail bleeping out any profanity that she has received on her YouTube channel and other social media; and sometimes improvises a song based on audience suggestions.
Sometimes an act has an autobiographical theme, in which Miranda tells her life story. In her holiday act, in addition to some of the above, Miranda has recreated the Christmas story "complete with the Three Kings, the Drummer Boy, and Santa Claus, as well as a shockingly dissonant 'Carol of the Bells'" and other Christmas songs. Miranda's photo taken with Cheyenne Jackson Miranda has stated that she plans to perform the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway.
During , she often stated that she planned to date Cheyenne Jackson whom she does not realize is openly gay or to find another boyfriend, but he must be talented and famous. She was photographed and videotaped together with Jackson at Broadway on Broadway , confronting him about their "relationship", and finally receiving a "first kiss" from him. In , she stated in her videos and cabaret acts that Jackson is no longer her boyfriend because he never called her for a date , and so she was seeking a new, famous, talented, handsome boyfriend, such as Zac Efron or Justin Bieber.
Miranda proclaimed that she is not just a "triple threat" entertainer, but a "four threat", because she is also a model. Since , she has asserted that she is a "five threat" talent, adding "magic" to her list of skills, in videos and performances where she combines inept magic tricks with singing. A regular part of her cabaret acts since then includes a magic trick where Miranda sings while appearing to be stabbed through the neck by a sword, sometimes by her magician "helper", Christopher Ballinger, claiming that she sings better when the sword is inserted through her neck.
Miranda's May Birdland cabaret act was filmed by Seth Rudetsky and appears on his site www. As her popularity increased, Miranda has been able to book longer runs of her cabaret acts, at larger and larger venues, including a six-performance run in at the Leicester Square Theatre in London and seven sold out performances in Australia. A London reviewer commented: Bridging both personas, the moment she transforms into Miranda, on-stage and mid-song, is an absolute joy — I'd struggle to recall hearing an audience erupt to such an extent, and I couldn't help but join in.
Also, from to , Miranda also posted 86 video blogs to a second YouTube channel, Mirandavlogz, discussing various topics or giving tutorials, but ended up posting all of the videos on the Mirandasings08 channel.
She also appeared in a comedy film, Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads. Miranda Sings appeared in a Season 3 episode of the television show Victorious, a one-hour special titled "Tori Goes Platinum", which was first broadcast on May 19, on the Nickelodeon channel. She appeared in episode 6 of Dr. She also appeared in the first episode of Dance Chat, an Australian web show, in She offered a brief analysis of the presidential race in the video. In an October vlog, she laid out her campaign platform.
Genesis of the Character One of Miranda's typical faces. Miranda's creator, Colleen Evans, based the character partly on young women that she knew in the performance department of her college, Azusa Pacific University.
She told The Times of London, "There were a lot of cocky girls who thought they were really talented, and they weren't. They were so rude and snotty, it drove me nuts. Then I saw all these girls trying to make a career out of putting videos on YouTube The characters were so ridiculous, I wanted to make one of my own. Ballinger's YouTube channel received little traffic for more than a year; but in March , she uploaded a video called " Free Voice Lesson " that quickly became a sensation.
The video consists of advice to use, and demonstrations of, techniques that real voice teachers would warn students to avoid. As the videos on her channel became popular, Ballinger modified the character to draw negative comments on YouTube: I took what people hated and exaggerated it more in the next video.
Since her first video, Miranda now has a far more exaggerated personality than before. In earlier videos, the character was far more disguised and easier to believe. But more recently, Miranda has become more obviously an act, exaggerating her singing voice, lipstick, etc.
After Miranda videos first went viral, Ballinger was not sure what to do with her newfound internet fame. She arranged her own appearances and publicity for the first nine months but realized that she needed a professional manager.
Ballinger notes, "I went from making a minute-and-a-half video in my bedroom to doing an hour-and-a-half live show". Ballinger's first live performance as Miranda took place in April when Jim Caruso invited her to perform as the character at Cast Party, a weekly show at Birdland jazz club in New York City. Members of the Broadway theatre community quickly became fans of the character and were eager to be a part of Miranda's cabaret acts, and Ballinger has made a living ever since by performing her cabaret acts in character as Miranda.
An example of the Broadway community's embrace of the character is the composer Lin-Manuel Miranda's mock audition video with Miranda. Since the summer of , Miranda Sings has also been featured in radio and television interviews where the broadcasters play along with the character.
Miranda reading hate mail during one of her shows The Miranda character receives hate mail from viewers who are fooled by the character and believe that they are watching a serious video by a bad entertainer. You wouldn't believe the hate mail. You would never say that stuff to someone's face, but you can type anything online.
Her hate mail, which she reads some of on stage, is an art form all its own. The Times commented, "there is another, sweeter side to her travails. Miranda loves singing and, despite — or perhaps because of — the satire, becomes an evocation of something all humans love to do and have done since before we discovered language.
The very act of singing, however dire the sound, makes us feel good. She noted that Glee is causing a resurgence of interest in singing in schools: Live performance and musical theatre were almost a lost art Ballinger told the Wall Street Journal that "I have to do things like torture myself to keep people watching" her YouTube videos.
To this end, she took the cinnamon challenge in character as Miranda in February after hundreds of fans started asking her to take the challenge. Her video garnered 70, views after one week and later accumulated more than 1 million views.
Reception Since early , Ballinger's character has enjoyed widespread popularity, particularly among musical theatre fans. In , the Los Angeles Times wrote of her videos, "this footage is a major hoot", and BroadwayWorld. Miranda is not to be missed. Only a truly talented performer could make the Miranda character believable, let alone as endearing as she ends up being.
The Miranda videos have received a total of more than 80 million upload views, and the two Miranda channels, combined, have more than 5 million subscribers. Miranda Sings' parody cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" has received over 30 million views, her cover of Katy Perry's "California Gurls" video has received more than 3 million total views on YouTube, her parody of "Starships" has over 2.
More than 40 of her videos have each received over , views, including her first viral video, "Free voice lesson". More than of the videos on the Miranda channels have received over , hits. The character is widely parodied on YouTube, where a parody video has received over 5 million hits.