Ken Jeong may have played a helluva lot of doctors in his time as a comedy actor, but this weekend he actually put his medical skills to practice – in reality.
In case you didn’t know Ken Jeong is a Doctor of Medicine. He obtained the qualification via his days at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School Of Medicine. Yeah, quite a mouthful isn’t it.
It’s safe to say Ken knows what to do in his fair share of worrying situations, so when one such event unfolded during his comedy set at Stand Up Live, Saturday night in Phoenix, he was straight to the rescue.
The story goes, at the beginning of his show, a woman began to have a seizure in the third row, reports TMZ.
Initially, it’s thought Ken believed the seizing woman was a heckler trying to kick up a storm in the crowd, however he quickly came to realise she was in trouble.
Apparently, as soon as Ken realised what was happening, he jumped off the stage and ran to the women’s aid. He then cleared the area and turned his attention to the woman, while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
Another audience member, who was an EMT, assisted Ken in helping the woman.
It’s reported, at some point, Ken was able to bring the woman back to consciousness and to her feet. She was then taken to hospital and Ken resumed his set.
Ken, who’s probably best known for his role as gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover trilogy, immediately referred to the incident in his show saying he was happy to help, before receiving a loud round of applause.
What a guy.
Despite Ken’s clear expertise when it comes to the medical profession, I doubt he’ll be quitting his acting career anytime soon, even though he’s still a licensed physician in California.
Ken currently has four films in the post-production stage, all of which are due to be released later this year. He also has a further three he’s filming.
Medicine runs in the Jeong family – his wife, Vietnamese-American, Tran Ho, works as a family physician.
Jeong, who was born in Detroit to parents from South Korea, completed his internal medicine residence at Ochsner Medical Centre in New Orleans – amazingly, this was the same time Jeong began working on his stand up comedy, a hobby which would later end up making him quite the star.
However Jeong’s time studying medicine didn’t totally go to waste as he used it for inspiration in Dr. Ken – the show in which he wrote and played the title character.
The comedy was written based off Jeong’s experiences as an intern and tells the story of Dr. Ken, a Korean-American physician, who works at a shockingly bad health maintenance organisation.
Unfortunately for Jeong, after two seasons, the show was eventually cancelled by ABC, due to poor ratings and reviews.
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.