Former Doctor Ken Jeong Jumped Into Action To Help A Fan At His Recent Show

"He realized there was an issue, and he came over."

Comedian and Hangover star Ken Jeong put his medical training to good use at a recent stand-up show when a fan in the audience suffered a seizure. According to TMZ, the incident occurred Saturday night at Stand Up Live in Phoenix. Toward the beginning of the show, a woman in the third row started seizing.

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Another audience member, Heather Holmberg, told USA Today that Jeong initially thought the audience was heckling him, as he couldn't see what was going on due to the lights. "He was playing with them from the stage for a second," Holmberg recalled. "And it was like, 'No, no, no. We need you!' He realized there was an issue, and he came over. It was a moment where time stands still. Someone was having a crisis. There was a hush over the room."

Jeong's publicist confirmed that he provided assistance to the audience member. An EMT in the audience also reportedly helped until an ambulance arrived to take the woman to the hospital. According to TMZ, she regained consciousness at one point and was back on her feet. When Jeong returned to the stage, he received a round of applause. 

As People points out, Jeong has a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and is a licensed physician. He used to practice internal medicine by day while performing comedy at night. As encouraged by his wife, a fellow doctor, Jeong chose to stop practicing and focus on acting when he received a role in the 2007 movie Knocked Up. ("He was looking for an Asian actor with medical experience," he told NPR of director Judd Apatow.)

Saturday's incident wasn't the first time Jeong's medical expertise has come in handy. According to Nerdist, Jeong helped treat extras who had collapsed from heat exhaustion on the set of All About Steve, and he also helped Hangover II co-star Ed Helms get treatment for food poisoning. Then in 2015, Jeong created and starred in the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, inspired by his time as a doctor.

"Comedy and medicine are similar in that you have to be quick on your feet," Jeong told his alma mater, Duke University, in 2010. "You have to have technical knowledge of your craft, but you also need to follow your instincts. Comedy and medicine are both art forms that require discipline and improvisation."

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