Prank Academy is a YouTube Red original series created by YouTube stars Jeana Smith and Jesse Wellens (aka PrankvsPrank) based around the concept of teaching other YouTube content creators how to successfully plan and pull off in-depth pranks.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Prank Academy - Colleen Ballinger - Netflix
Colleen Ballinger (born November 21, 1986) is an American comedian, actress, singer and YouTube personality. She is best known for her Internet character Miranda Sings, posting videos of the character on YouTube and performing her one-woman comedy act on tour in theatres worldwide. She created the comically talentless, egotistical and eccentric character to satirize the many YouTube videos featuring people singing badly, but who appear unaware of their lack of talent. In her videos and stage act, the narcissistic character sings and dances badly, discusses current events that she misunderstands, gives inept “tutorials”, collaborates with other YouTubers, and rants about her personal issues and her critics, whom she calls the “haters”. Ballinger also features comedy and lifestyle videos on her personal YouTube channel and a vlog channel, Colleen Vlogs. Her YouTube channels, combined, have surpassed 2.8 billion total views. The Miranda Sings channel has more than 8 million subscribers, and the character has more than 6 million Instagram followers. Ballinger won a Teen Choice Award for “Web Star: Comedy” and a Streamy Award as Best Actress. The Hollywood Reporter selected her as one of its Top 25 Digital Stars. Ballinger has appeared as an actress and singer Off-Broadway, in regional theatre, on television and in web series, and has sung as a guest artist on albums. In 2014, she guest-starred as Miranda Sings on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld and appeared as Miranda on The Tonight Show. In 2015, Ballinger was a guest co-host on The View, appeared as Miranda on The Grace Helbig Show and released a best-selling book, written in Miranda's voice, Selp Helf. Ballinger conceived, produced, wrote for and starred as Miranda in the Netflix series, Haters Back Off, which explored Miranda's origins and family life; the series ran for two seasons, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, she appears in season 3 of Escape the Night. She continues to tour in her Miranda shows.
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Since January 2008, Ballinger has posted more than 400 videos as her comically talentless and quirky character, Miranda Sings, primarily on the YouTube channel Miranda Sings. The character is a satire of the many YouTube videos featuring bad, but egotistical, performers who film themselves singing as a form of self-promotion, despite receiving the realistic or cruel comments of “haters”. “Miranda” is supposedly a home-schooled young woman who still lives with her mother and uncle; she is eccentric and infantilized, narcissistically believes that she was born famous, and is obsessed with show business fame. In the videos, Miranda sings in a comically off-key, yet plausible, voice and covers mostly pop music hits, rants about internet haters, gives “tutorials”, and sometimes discusses the character's backstory or current events, which she usually misunderstands. She uses spoonerisms and malapropisms, is irritable, ludicrously self-absorbed and self-righteous, socially awkward, and has a defiant, arrogant attitude. She responds to viewers who take the videos seriously and offer criticism with the catchphrase, “Haters back off!”, telling these critics that “haters make me famous”. The character displays unusually active eyebrows and a crooked smile, her head is cocked to one side, and she has pronunciation quirks. She wears bright red lipstick drawn beyond the borders of her lips, dresses in mismatched out-of-style clothing, and often dances stiffly to the music she is performing. Her views of society and morality are politically incorrect, and she displays a strong aversion to anything risque, which she calls “porn”. From 2010 to 2012, Ballinger posted 86 Miranda video blogs to a second Miranda YouTube channel, Mirandavlogz. Ballinger based the character partly on young women that she knew in college. She told The Times of London, “There were a lot of cocky girls who thought they were really talented, and they ... were so rude and snotty.... Then I saw all these girls trying to make a career out of putting videos on YouTube [of themselves singing in their bedrooms] ... clueless to the fact that they were terrible.” At first, the “Miranda videos were meant to be an inside joke” among Ballinger's friends. In March 2009, however, a Miranda video called “Free Voice Lesson” quickly became a sensation. The video consists of bad advice about singing technique. Miranda's videos drew predictably sharp criticism on YouTube, and as they became popular, Ballinger modified the character in response to the negative comments. She says: “I took what people hated and exaggerated it more in the next video.” The online critics were so harsh that Miranda became a “hero of the anti-bullying movement”. Ballinger uses “humour and satire to challenge ideas of popular femininity. ... Miranda Sings ... puts on monstrous makeup to perform parody music videos [rejecting] being conventionally pretty.”
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