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This Comedian May Have Saved Someone's Life — Here's What Went Down

Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is the Health & Sex Editor at SheKnows. She is a bioethicist, adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham University and has written for publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Rolling...

The quick-thinking comedian who jumped offstage to help treat an audience member

Comedian and actor Ken Jeong is known for his hilarious movie and TV roles and engaging stand-up shows, but before he got into show business, he was a practicing medical doctor. That training and experience came in handy during one of his shows on Saturday in Phoenix when an audience member had a seizure and he came to her aid while paramedics were on their way.

At first, Jeong thought the commotion in the audience was heckling, but soon realized it was more than that, People reported.

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“He couldn’t see what was going on with the lights,” audience member Heather Holmberg told USA Today. “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.”

Jeong previously mined his former medical profession for humor in the short-lived ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, which ran for two seasons.

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Along with Jeong, an EMT from the audience also went to assist the ill audience member. Both stayed with her until the paramedics arrived, USA Today reported. After that, he returned to the stage to finish his routine.

"And he was brilliant," Holmberg told the newspaper. "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."

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