Forgive me if this isn't quite in the right place, I'm new here, as it were.
I really can't consider myself a Buddhist, perse, because I'm simply too new to the belief system; it'd be a bit like calling myself a race car driver just because I got to sit behind the wheel of a car. I've been trying, however, in my own small and clumsy way, to practice such things as Right Speech, and what not, and I had something of a small curiosity.
You see, my friends and I make something of mean jokes to each other sometimes. There's no intention of hurting anyone's feelings and there's no actual animosity behind them, but at the very least, on the surface, they probably sound pretty hateful. For example, my best friend might poke fun at me for something, to which I would respond, "I'm not your friend anymore.", and he'll say to me, "Pfft, thank God, I was hoping you'd go away." I don't really feel like this would be counter indicative to Right Speech, or thought, or whatever else have you, since there's no actual animosity involved; we both think it's funny, and we go about our time together as joyously as before, if not moreso. Still, what do I know? I'm not particularly versed in this sort of thing, so I'm curious, what are your opinions on the matter? Is it okay, from a Buddhist point of view, to say 'mean' things, or make 'mean' jokes when the context of these things is one of understood humor?