She is the result of a mashup of other comedy characters.
In a recent interview with Fader, Branden revealed that Joanne is a combination of one of his earlier characters, a former prostitute named Miss Prada, and a riff on the character in Chris Crocker's infamous "Leave Britney Alone" video. "My goal was to upload a video on my dial-up computer and be funnier than Chris Crocker," he said. "I thought I was going to blow up on YouTube, like him, because I thought I was funnier." He also told Paper that when he first developed Joanne, he was trying to do "that Media Take Out-type of humor, and honestly, it was depressing." From there, he "set out to do something more natural," and "Joanne just kind of evolved."