Quote Originally Posted by MaiaStrong View Post
First, gotta say I love the joke about Joe the coffee-pouring robot. I love those quiet little jokes that sneak up and say, "Psst. I'm funny."

Agreed, agreed! I firmly believe there's nothing wrong with things like in-jokes designed for a particular slice of readers. The trick is making them funny to those who "get it" without it detracting from the story for those who don't. That's very important, IMO.
Yep, thanks Maia.

I think have to be careful with overloading the in-jokes. Too many in-jokes eventually intrude into the story and tends to leave a reader, who doesn't get them, wondering what you're talking about.

With humor, and I keep coming across this, less rather than more is often the best choice.