The Funeral Crasher

From a grandma taking pictures at funerals and saving the photos in the family Bible to a military funeral at sea that finds the coffin bobbing back up as the mourners look on, writer-performer Stacy Mayer's concept of collecting funeral stories from friends as she mines the field of dark comedy is clever. Vivacious and bubbly, Mayer's delivery is well-suited to standup comedy, but her material is slight and oddly cobbled together. Director Kimmy Gatewood's penchant for moving chairs and stools around further fragments the narrative. The stories need TLC.

Presented by MC2 Productions and Green Room at ComedySportz LA, 733 Seward St., L.A. Sun., June 20, 7 p.m.; Mon., June 21, 3 p.m.; Tue., June 22, 7 p.m.; Wed., June 23, 3 p.m.; Fri., June 25, 5 p.m. (866) 811-4111. www.hollywoodfringe.org.