Ken Jeong is as hilarious on the stage as he is in movies.
The physician-turned comedian can be found doing standup when he isn’t appearing in films. He was recently on stage at Stand Up Live Comedy Club in Phoenix when a woman in the audience required medical attention. He didn’t hesitate to help her, and in the process, he let the audience see another side of him.
A Phoenix resident named Heather Holmberg was in the audience when it all went down.
She recalled the incident, saying:
“It’s a wonderful story. It was such perfect timing: Ken just jumped from the stage to help.”
She explained that the woman was having a seizure and that Ken jumped down from the stage and rushed over to help her. There was also an EMT in the audience who helped provide care to the woman. Eventually, an ambulance arrived, and the woman was taken to the hospital for further tests and treatment.
Still, the audience was shocked by what they had seen and thankful that Ken had the training necessary to help the woman.
“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. 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 woman was later identified as 44-year-old Crysti Sammis from Chandler, Arizona.
She explained what happened and said that she always liked Ken, but now, she is a die-hard fan. Sammis said:
“I’ve always liked Ken Jeong; he’s very funny. But now I’m a die-hard, forever fan. It was so nice to see his human element and his compassion. It was so touching.”
Sammis has epilepsy and says that she doesn’t remember very much about what happened.
She and her fiancé were enjoying a date night and were lucky enough to sit close to the stage. She suffered a seizure before Ken jumped to her rescue.
She explained what happened:
“I felt a little faint, a little flush and warm. I laid my head on (Andrew’s) shoulder, and I don’t remember what happened next.”
Sammis said that even after the show, Jeong checked on her.
“He’s been texting every day, checking in. And he called me today. He’s just been extremely gracious and kind.”
He even went out of his way to offer the family free tickets for a future show. He also joked:
“Offer not redeemable for a funnier comedian’s show.”
Sammis and the audience were thankful that Jeong was willing to help and that he had the medical training to do so. It’s nice to see him be so caring and compassionate with one of his fans. Not very many comedians would care so much or make such an effort to check on a fan who was sick or had a medical emergency at one of their shows.
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This just goes to show everyone that Jeong is the real deal.
He’s funny, but he can be serious and help out when he is needed. If he didn’t already have a huge fan following, he will now. Sammis will never forget his kindness, and the other audience members will never forget his quick reaction to the emergency situation.
Holmberg said that despite the incident, Jeong still managed to put on a great show. She is also thankful to have seen a different side of the hilarious comedian. She explained:
“And he was brilliant. 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.”
Jeong may have left his career as a physician behind him, but he can’t forget all the things he learned in medical school. Those things came in handy this time, but hopefully, he can get through the rest of his comedy shows without any major emergencies.
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Source: USA Today