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Denise Carter on Stand Up

‘Stand Up Breaks’ at Newton House Knaresborough Free accommodation – This is no joke…

Award winning Newton House in Knaresborough has a new slant on short breaks this autumn.  Stand Up Breaks are available to guests who can bring the B&B to life with their favourite comedy routine, joke, ode, one-liners or comedy monologue.

Owner, Denise Carter says: “There’s so much negativity around these days with all the insecurity of Brexit, which is a joke itself, I thought it would be good idea to brighten up the atmosphere and invite guests to have some fun during their stay here.”

Denise has announced the Stand Up Breaks on National Tell a Joke Day, during Knaresborough’s annual FEVA festival, and in the Edinburgh Fringe comedy season and points to the many comedy shows that are available in the upcoming autumn schedules in the area. These include on Friday 6th September the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club, which returns from its summer break with a fantastic line up of comedians to kick off the autumn programme. The same theatre welcomes back John Robertson with his interactive game show for adults “The Dark Room” on 23rd November. TV comedian Rhod Gilbert who appears at Harrogate’s Royal Hall on 18th November and York Barbican features the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club on 11th October.

Guests that book and stay during September, October and November 2019 will be invited to present their joke, one-liner, ode or comedy monologue to Denise and her team along with other guests. Each rendition will be recorded and then put through the Newton House  ‘Snigger-monitor” test.

 Those that get the most reaction and laughter will be invited to return to Newton House for a complimentary ‘Stand Up Break’.

The study of humour and laughter, and its psychological and physiological effects on the human body, is called gelotology and is well documented.

Laughter researcher Robert Provine said “Laughter is a mechanism everyone has; laughter is part of universal human vocabulary. There are thousands of languages, hundreds of thousands of dialects, but everyone speaks laughter in pretty much the same way. Babies have the ability to laugh before they ever speak. Children who are born blind and deaf still retain the ability to laugh.”*

“We’ve checked the research and the short and long-time effects on health that laughter produces on the human body should not be underestimated. We hope that guests at Newton House will join in the spirit of this initiative and when we are fully booked, I’ll be laughing all the way to the bank,” joked Denise.

The 12 bedroom, AA four gold star guesthouse, caters for leisure and business visitors to the area, and also non-residents for breakfast, is owned and managed by Denise and her team of ‘Newton House Ladies’. The B&B won Channel 4’s ‘Four in a Bed’ and has won awards for its breakfasts from Deliciously Yorkshire and the Automobile Association (AA).

‘Stand Up Breaks’ are available throughout September, October and November 2019 at laughable rates from £95 for two people. Please call Denise for special rates, dates and for Family stays. (Subject to availability).

*Source: Wikipedia

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