What sets off YouTube sensation Rachel Ballinger?

Think you have a few things to rant about?

YouTube sensation Rachel Ballinger has 101.

In her first book, “101 Things that Piss Me Off,” the 26-year-old Los Angeles resident takes on everything from slowpokes in the fast lane (metro drivers can certainly relate ) to people using “lol” or “haha” (ad nauseam) to people who peep  over your shoulder when you’re typing.

Ballinger, who has more than 1.6 million YouTube subscribers, is the host and creator of the popular “You Know What Pisses Me Off?” YouTube series.


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“It’s all done in fun,” said Ballinger, who created the channel in 2012 at the urging of her sister, Colleen Ballinger, who has her own successful internet character called Miranda Sings.

“I’m actually a very closeted happy person,” she said in a telephone interview. “Everything I write or do is to make people laugh. It’s OK to be angry, just laugh about it. At the end of the day, what are you going to do?”

Ballinger will discuss and sign copies of her new book at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the  Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square in Decatur. 

Her book is filled with humorous rants about everyday life. Some, though, are more serious like racism, drunk driving and childhood cancer.

What sets off YouTuber Rachel Ballinger. She will be in Decatur to sign copies of her new book, “101 Things that Piss Me Off.” HANDOUT

The daughter of a stay-at-home mom and sales manager dad, Ballinger said going live on video felt natural. Her father “videotaped everything. He wanted to get us on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” but we never made it.”

“I expected to have a little following but I never expected it to blow up to this magnitude,” she said. “I have a good work ethic, I guess. A lot of people have their 15 minutes of fame, but if you don’t work, you can’t keep it. You have to have consistency. You have to have fun and you have to go with the flow sometimes.”

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