Ken Jeong was famous for his bedside manner. The doctor is funny, and used laughter to lift the spirits of his patients. That landed him a spot on television, and then a new career in comedy. Yet he hasn’t forgotten his roots. At a recent show, Jeong stopped the comedy and came down from the stage to provide medical assistance to an audience member.
The incident happened at the Stand Up Live Comedy Club in Phoenix on Saturday night. “The trained physician and former star of ABC’s Dr. Ken jumped from the stage to help a woman in the third row who required medical assistance,” CBS writes.
@kenjeong at Stand Up Live! A woman had a medical emergency during the show. Ken thinks its heckling, when people are asking for his help. He jumps off stage to assist. An EMT helped, too. Then on with the show! Great night! He is gracious and grateful…AND flipping funny! pic.twitter.com/G0nMWb5wMM
— Heather Holmberg (@TippedHatEnt) May 6, 2018
Heather Holmberg, a Phoenix resident at the show, watched Jeong in action. “It’s a wonderful story,” she told reporters. “It was such perfect timing: Ken just jumped from the stage to help.”
The woman appeared to be having a seizure. Jeong, it turns out, wasn’t the only medical professional in the club. An EMT was in the audience, and the two teamed up to ensure that the woman was safe and got the care she needed.
“Jeong seemed to think the audience members were razzing him at first when they called for him,” Holmberg explained.
“He couldn’t see what was going on with the lights. He thought he was being heckled. He was playing with them from the stage for a second,” she added. “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.”
The show stopped until the ambulance arrived. Then, taking it all in stride, Jeong returned to the stage.
“And he was brilliant,” Holmberg says. “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.”