'I Thought It Was Really Funny, but No One Else Did'

A day in the life of New Yorker cartoonist Joe Dator 

"Mondays are tough. Mondays are when I'm on lockdown. The goal is to sit there, by myself, making myself laugh," Joe Dator says, describing the lead up to his weekly Tuesday deadline to submit work to the New Yorker. This short documentary provides some insight into what it takes to be a regular contributor to the magazine (see his published work here): creativity, persistence, and lots of coffee. 

This documentary portrait is from a series called New Yorkers (not affiliated with the magazine), an ongoing project from Moonshot Productions. The creators of the series discuss the project in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel here and you can watch more episodes here

For more videos from Moonshot Productions, visit http://moonshot-productions.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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