Comedy, like so much of the entertainment scene in New Orleans, is crackling with homegrown and imported energy and innovation. Pop-up open mics and regular stand-up shows happen at bars and theaters large and small all over town, fomenting a landscape ripe for creativity. New Orleanian humor tends to be on the dark side, an observation that's beyond the obvious if you've ever been to a Krewe du Vieux parade. Locals find just about nothing sacred, which makes it open season for performers with a witty bent. Local comedy shows run the gamut from improv to stand up and sketch comedy, with plenty of drag and burlesque thrown into the mix for spice. The city gets its share of national touring comics as well, big names like Whoopi Goldberg onstage at the Saenger with cutting edge comedy from Comedy Central stars like Ralphie May onstage at more intimate venues like House of Blues and Hard Rock Cafe.