A Woman Had a Seizure During a Comedy Show and This Comedian’s Reaction Was Surprising

It’s not every night that you get to go out with family or friends to see a famous comedian perform stand-up. It’s even rarer that you end up in a medical emergency during a comedy show. Most of the time there is rarely a medical team on hand to handle these types of situations. It’s only by luck that medical professionals are in the crowd to assist. In that case, this is one lucky lady who chose the right comedian to go see and the reason why is revealed on page 7.

Ken Jeong was performing at the Stand Up Live comedy club

Ken Jeong performing on stage.

Ken Jeong was performing at a comedy club when something unexpected happened. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EIF

Ken Jeong was performing at the Stand Up Live comedy club in Pheonix Arizona. You might remember him as Mr. Chow in The Hangover, or as the eccentric Spanish teacher in Community. When it comes to doing live comedy, the situations you have to deal with are pretty mundane: a drunk guest, bombing, or a heckler. Generally, you get used to those problems.

Next: But Jeong didn’t get that this night. He got something he had trained for his whole life.

The incident

Ken Jeong smiling on a red carpet.

Ken Jeong noticed that the person was in trouble. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Jeong was in the middle of a bit when he saw something that initially looked like heckling. Most comedians are trained to deal with hecklers, but very few could be ready for this situation. What seemed like an unruly crowd, quickly became a dire situation and Jeong leaped into action.

Next: Here’s what caught Jeong’s attention and what he did about it. 

They weren’t heckling him, they were asking for help

Ken Jeong close up.

Ken Jeong quickly rushed to assist the woman. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EIF

What Jeong initially thought were hecklers proved to be people in need of medical assistance. He jumped off the stage and rushed to the woman’s side and began to help her. The woman was suffering from a seizure and fell unconscious.

Next: Let us remind you how lucky this woman was.

An off-duty EMT happened to be in the crowd

Ambulance van on highway with flashing lights.

An off-duty EMT also helped the woman. | OgnjenO/iStock/Getty Images

As Jeong was helping the woman who was now on the floor, another person in the crowd rushed to her side as well. That person happened to be an EMT and assisted with the incident until on-duty EMTs arrived at the comedy club. The woman eventually regained consciousness under Jeong and the EMT’s care and was helped to her feet before being taken to the hospital.

Next: What Jeong did next was surprising, yet graceful.

The show must go on

Ken Jeong performing on stage.

The comedian didn’t seem to miss a beat. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

Most people after an emergency situation would need to decompress and evaluate what just happened. Not Jeong. After the woman was taken away in the ambulance and her care was secured, Jeong did the only thing a true performer could do: He went back on stage and finished his set.

Next: The crowd had the best reaction. 

And the crowd goes wild!

Heather Holmberg tweet.

A witness shared some insights on social media. | Heather Holmberg via Instagram

A woman who was at the show, Heather Holmberg, took to Twitter to document the incident. She tweeted “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!” Jeong just casually walked back up there as though nothing had happened.

Next: Here’s why Ken Jeong was able to keep it so cool throughout the incident.

Ken Jeong is a licensed doctor

Ken Jeong speaking behind a podium.

The comedian has a medical background. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Writers Guild of America, West

It’s always surprising to learn about actors former careers. In this case, this woman was lucky that she was going to see a doctor for entertainment. Ken Jeong has had a license to practice medicine in California since the 1990s, although he doesn’t practice it anymore.

Had it not been for his and the EMT’s training, things could have gone terribly wrong for that woman. Kudos to you, Jeong.

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