Design by Calum Clark/AS Publicity Center

Design by Calum Clark/AS Publicity Center

Allison Milton/The AS Review

Do you like comedy? Do you like stand-up comedy? Do you like stand-up comedy about economics? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, then you’re in luck because this week is filled with comedy shows that will be sure to keep you laughing and maybe even teach you something.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, the Dead Parrots Society and the Western Economics Association will bring two unique shows to campus. In the PAC Concert Hall, Comedy for the Congo will benefit Falling Whistles, a nonprofit organization that provides support and supplies to children affected by the civil war in the Congo. The event is $5 for Western students with ID and $7 for general admission.

“I think the situation in the Congo gets neglected and it’s important to be aware of it,” said event coordinator Francesca Betancourt. Betancourt chose to do a comedy show because the children in the Congo are always smiling and laughing despite their struggles, she said.

“Laughing is a universal thing that can save lives,” she said.

The comedy show will feature the Dead Parrots Society along with Western student comedians, a local comedy group from Bellingham and comedy music groups. Betancourt hopes the event will create an opportunity for other Western comedians that do not get a lot of exposure on campus, such as the Dead Parrots Society.

Just a hop, skip and jump away in Communications Facility 114, the Western Economics Association hosts Yoram Bauman, the world’s first stand-up economist at 8 p.m. The event is free for all students and community members and will provide a night of laughs for economists and everyone else, said the association’s President Josh Swanson.

“He’s just a funny guy,” Swanson said. “It’s a kind of humor you don’t find with any other comedians.”

The week of comedy does not end there. On Sunday, ASP Special Events is hosting a comedy night with Western alumnus Andy Haynes and Comedy Central’s Rory Scovel. Also, opening for the comedians will be the winner of WWU’s Last Comic Standing James McGrath.

“I’m just excited to have the opportunity to open for these guys and to perform on the Mainstage,” McGrath said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Haynes graduated from Western in 2005 and went on to be a semifinalist in 2007 and 2009 in the International Seattle Comedy Competition. Scovel, who appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” was a finalist in the 2006 Seattle International Comedy Competition.

“The main purpose [of the event] is to get comedy more widespread across campus,” said Special Events Coordinator Keri Weinbrecht. “We wanted to involve the students so they get more invested in comedy on campus.”