The comedian Ken Jeong stopped a stand-up comedy routine to save a woman in the audience who was suffering from seizures.
Jeong, who shot to fame as Leslie Chow from the Hangover series, was also the star of ABC's Dr. Ken, an appropriate role considering that he is also a trained physician.
Ken Jeong Saves Woman Suffering Seizures
On the evening of May 5, the hilarious Ken Jeong was performing at the Stand Up Live Comedy Club in Phoenix when he had to stop to provide medical attention to an audience member.
During the middle of Jeong's routine, a woman from the third row started suffering from seizures. At first, Jeong thought that the audience was just heckling him. However, after it was made clear that the woman really needed help, the physician-turned-comedian jumped off the stage and rushed to help her.
According to sources, Jeong cleared the area, and along with an audience member who was an EMT, stayed with the woman until an ambulance arrived. At that point, the woman had regained consciousness and was able to stand on her feet.
Michelle Margolis, the publicist for Jeong, confirmed the incident. Phoenix resident Heather Holmberg, who was an audience member that night, told USA Today that Jeong was "admirable in his actions."
After what happened, Jeong remained unfazed and went back on stage to continue his show. The comedian simply said that he was happy to be able to help, and he was met with applause from the appreciative crowd.
"He's a very funny man but you were able to see a side of him that's very compassionate. You don't often see that in comedians," Holmberg said about Jeong.
Jeong obtained his medical degree back in 1995 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and it is great to see him still being able to put his skills to good use.
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From somewhere beneath that, and considering this publicized incident, Jeong will likely pull out a joke or two that he may use for his next routine. Hopefully the comedian does not have to cater to any more medical emergencies though.