This just in from the Obvious Files: Joel Stein is pronounced not funny. This time it was Tom Scocca at Slate.com. It was due to some unfunny thing an unfunny person like unfunny Joel Stein wrote. Unfunny? Unfunny. In 2008 John Brady observed the same thing in Folio about Stein.
Stein was also at Comic Con 2008 and FBLA reported:
We also spotted Joel Stein wading through the crowd. Then we overheard someone say,”That’s that guy that writes all those unfunny op/eds for the LA Times and is sometimes on VH1.”
But we like how Scocca puts it anyway:
Joel Stein is a soft writer in a soft gig, dressed up in an older generation’s clothing, with an expired comic license in his pocket. Testimony to the power of the melting pot: he’s just another white dude.