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Comedian and former physician Ken Jeong stops stand-up routine to rescue audience member

May 8th, 2018 at 4:05 PM

Before Ken Jeong became a comedy star he was a trained physician with a bright medical career in front of him. That experience came in handy during his comedy set on Saturday night in Phoenix when a woman near the stage began to have a seizure. After initially thinking that the commotion in the crowd was a heckler, Jeong quickly realized what was actually going on and jumped off the stage to aid the struggling fan.

As TMZ first reported, Jeong tended to the woman while another audience member who happened to be an EMT assisted him. The two stayed by the woman’s side until an ambulance arrived and took the fan to a local hospital.

“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,” Heather Holmberg, who was also in attendance at the comedy club, told USA Today. “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.”

Ever the consummate professional, Jeong didn’t let the brief medical emergency stop him from finishing his set and, as you might imagine, he got a lot of love from the crowd following the show.

Jeong originally trained as a physician in New Orleans where he completed his residency. He’s licensed as a physician in California but changed gears to comedy in the late 1990s where he’s been extremely successful. Jeong has played a doctor in a number of different movies and TV shows, and even had his own show fitting called Dr. Ken which aired for two seasons on ABC. The series was cancelled in 2017, but maybe it’s time to bring it back?

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

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