Joanne is actually the comedic persona of a man named Branden Miller.
Branden, 25, lives in Daytona Beach, FL, and initially made a living by working in the porn industry before the meme-friendly Joanne character was born. Despite the fact Joanne is quickly rising toward social media icon status, Branden spoke to Paper in March about how important it is for him to keep a distance between himself and the character. "People are so self-absorbed on social media; they want to feel famous. At the end of the day, I don't want this fame for myself," he said. "I don't act like Joanne in my daily life. I don't live like that. I dress like a boy, I look like a boy; I have a full-on beard. But I also don't care what you think about me. So, I don't want that validation; I just want to be a f*cking mess."