With great pride, anticipation and excitement, Tingle has joined the elite ranks of the men and women working for NASA who probe the mysteries of the heavens, making immense sacrifices to serve this nation in a necessary but hazardous capacity.
Tingle remembers that extraordinary day, June 29, 2009, very well.
Tingle said that NASA doesn't specily exactly what the criteria for picking the astronaut candidates are, but he cited a few elements that he believes are heavily considered, such as a solid career track, academic and personal background, flight experience, personality and willingness to be part of a team.
They want a really highly qualified person to do a job in an extreme environment," Tingle explained.
In his latest show, "Uncommon Sense," which ran for most of 1995 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tingle talks about his own political and personal transformation from a drunk bigot to a socially conscious political humorist.
Like many on the left, Tingle sees humor as a powerful, seldom-used political tool.
When he began as a comedian in 1980, Tingle did not do political humor.