An actor who’s a familiar face on TV and in feature films — who also happens to be a doctor — put his medical training to use over the weekend. ET reports that Ken Jeong interrupted his live comedy performance Saturday in Phoenix to help an audience member who was having a seizure.
Jeong, 48, is best known for roles as Spanish teacher Ben Chang on “Community” and Mr. Chow in “The Hangover,” and also had his own sitcom, “Dr. Ken,” which ran for two seasons on ABC. ET notes that Jeong “began his career as a medical doctor and is currently licensed as a physician and surgeon in California, but does not practice medicine.”
The incident took place while Jeong was performing at the Stand Up Live club.
TMZ, which first broke the story, reports: “Eyewitnesses tell us Ken appeared to think it was a heckler, but the audience quickly made it clear she needed help.”
The TMZ report adds: “As soon as he realized what was happening, we’re told Ken hopped off the stage and rushed to the woman’s aid. Sources say he cleared the area and attended to her while paramedics arrived. An audience member who was also an EMT assisted as well.”
The woman reportedly regained consciousness while Jeong was looking after her. She was eventually transported to a hospital and Jeong returned to the stage to a round of applause and finished his set.
ET reports that Jeong’s rep, Michelle Margolis, confirmed the TMZ account of the incident.