Mary Bourke was born in Dublin during a cross fire hurricane.
She lives in leafy Buckinghamshire with her comedian husband and her large collection of Betty Page memorabilia. Before she became a comic She was a burlesque dancer and choreographer in San Francisco.
She has published numerous romantic novels under the pseudonymn Tara Sundrive.
As well as being an accomplished comedian who has performed all over the world Ms Bourke is also a respected comedy writer.
She is most famous for having written ''the joke that was heard around the world'' ie ''My name is Shazia Mirza at least that's what it says on my pilot's licence''