Even in the middle of a show, Ken Jeong still upholds the oath he took when he became a professional doctor after obtaining his M.D. in 1995.
Now that’s dedication!
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) May 6, 2018
During a comedy set at Stand Up Live Saturday in Phoenix over the weekend, Jeong paused his show and jumped off the stage to give an audience member who was having a seizure attack medical assistance.
@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
At first, Jeong thought that a heckler was causing a commotion, but the audience made it clear to the comedian doctor that the person was in need of a serious medical assistance, TMZ reported.
“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 said, as reported by 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.”
After realizing the severity of the situation, Jeong immediately hopped off stage and ran to the woman’s aid, who was identified as Kristin thanks to the comment section on Instagram. Another audience member, reportedly an EMT, helped the actor before the paramedics arrived.
The 48-year-old actor reportedly stayed with the woman until she regained consciousness and waited for the ambulance to arrive. She was eventually taken to a hospital while Jeong continued on with his show.
“And he was brilliant,” Holmberg said. “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.”