Finding Time

Finding Time
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written by

Mark McConville

198 page paperback novel
Boolarong Press 2004

REVIEW FROM THE WEBSITE  Australian Writers Rock

Finding Time – there is nothing funny about being a comedian.

A thinly veiled biography of Mark’s life and the work that goes into becoming a comedian. I have seen Mark in action at one of Brisbane’s premier Comedy Clubs and he is one funny man!

I had no idea that so much work goes into putting on a show and no idea about the apprenticeship that has to be served and what goes on behind the lines in the industry.

Mark is your Aussie ‘blokes bloke’ and this voice is very much apparent in the book. I did have an initial hiccup reading it when I thought he had an imaginary friend at the beginning – only to find out that this friend was a packet of cigarettes! Once past this, his honest, blokey style of writing had me gripped.

I didn’t think a funny man was supposed to make you cry, but I sobbed reading about his fathers decline with cancer and his dedication and love in looking after that man. I was at the funeral and I witnessed the eulogy…..

He is honest about his struggle with his father’s death and circumstances following it. The novel ends on a high though, that’s all I will say.

An intriguing and interesting novel focusing on the journey of a young man with the ambition of succeeding in the entertainment industry in Australia.



“Sometimes when I’m on stage I feel like a king. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that the two hundred people in the room think that you’re the greatest. But other times, when it’s not going well it can tear at your soul. These are the nights when it all goes horribly wrong. The highs can be euphoric, but the lows can be gut wrenching.”
John Bonney.

John Bonney has led the typical suburban lifestyle.  To all appearances, he has everything – girlfriend, job, house, financial security.

As he enters his thirties John makes the ultimate sacrifice and gives up everything he's ever known to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a Professional Stand Up Comedian.

All the loneliness and depression he experienced as a child helps John to find the strength to deal with countless hours alone in the spotlight, subjected to profound scrutiny not only from the public, but from other performers as well as himself.

From small shows in the middle of nowhere, to featuring at some of the major Stand-Up Comedy venues, John deals with drunken punters, agents, promoters and his own inner demons. Financial uncertainty and close personal tragedy face John as he struggles to cope with life while still being funny.

Finding Time gives an insight to the psychological make up of a Stand-Up Comedian.  It portrays the harsh reality that face those who try to make a living from the entertainment industry in Australia.  This open and honest account of a performer's journey gives an insider’s view of the work, the pressure, the loneliness and the desire to be the best.

This is not a book about the upper echelon of entertainers – Finding Time is about the journey to get there.  Because, just in case you're wondering, there’s nothing funny about being a comedian.

About the Author

Mark McConville started performing Stand-Up Comedy in 1998 after working in roles as diverse as labouring, sales, and emergency rescue. He draws from a life full of strange, interesting and always funny experiences for his regular performances in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.  Finding Time is his first novel.

* All prices are in Australian Dollars.