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Netflix orders the first scripted comedy by a YouTube star

Miranda Sings’ comedy Haters Back Off has been picked up by the streaming platform

YouTube star Colleen Ballinger Evans has landed a sweet deal — eight episodes of a comedy show called Haters Back Off, to debut on Netflix. It will be the first scripted series created by a YouTube personality.

Ballinger Evans' YouTube character is known as Miranda Sings — a heavily lipsticked, extremely confident singer who finds ways to loudly disapprove of most aspects of modern life. She's best known for horrid covers of popular songs and for inviting famous guests (such as fellow YouTube star Hannah Hart) onto her show to be scolded for "sinning." Miranda Sings also tours as a one-woman comedy show, and has appeared on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, as well as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Her Twitter account is a joy.

The series will reportedly portray "the oddball family life of Miranda Sings, an incredibly confident, totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward by the power of her belief that she was born famous — it's just no one knows it yet." Perry Rein and Gigi McCreery, best known for writing and production work on Friends and Wizards of Waverly Place, will serves as co-showrunners.

No release date has been set for the series, but in the meantime you can watch Ballinger Evans' announcement of the series pick-up in a video titled "I'M PREGNANT." In it she details her charity work for 2016: "helping out Netflix."