Matt Besser, Haters Back Off!
As evidenced by its recent cancellation, not enough people watched Haters Back Off! this year. Like her YouTube channel, Miranda Sings' venture into scripted, long-form comedy was always going to be an acquired taste. That didn't mean it would be void of meaningful moments. Season 2 shined bright, thanks in large part to the addition of Matt Besser, who played Miranda's estranged father. Besser balanced being creepily insane at times, grounded, manipulative, and ruthless at others. "For his audition, [Besser] did the scene where he yells at Miranda," Colleen Ballinger, the actress who plays Miranda, recalled for Thrillist earlier this year. "The first time he did it, he did it funny -- it was great, it made us laugh. But the producers were like, 'OK, now we want to see you be really mean.' And he was like, 'Oh, you want me to be mean?!' And we were like, 'Yeah, be really, really mean.' Then he was so mean he made me tear up." When it came time to deliver that eruption in the season finale, Besser also made us tear up. His character was awful to Miranda in the best way. -- SFG