Sunday 15 September, 2019

'Hangover' star uses medical skills to aid woman

(Image: Gage Skidmore via WikiCommons)

(Image: Gage Skidmore via WikiCommons)

A doctor-turned actor who starred in The Hangover trilogy had to put his medical skills to use when an audience member fell ill as he performed his stand-up routine.

Ken Jeong, a well-known comedian, was performing at a comedy club in the US city of Phoenix when a woman started to have a seizure.

The actor's representative, Michelle Margolis, confirmed reports that Jeong, 48, and an emergency medical technician in the audience helped the woman until paramedics arrived.

She was taken to a hospital. There was no immediate word on the woman's identity or condition.

Audience member Heather Holmberg told USA Today that Jeong initially thought he was being heckled.

"He couldn’t see what was going on with the lights… And it was like, 'No, no, no. We need you!' He realised there was an issue, and he came over.”

He assisted the woman until an ambulance arrived, USA Today said, then returned to the stage and finished his routine.

"And he was brilliant," Holmberg said. "He's a very funny man but you were able to see a side of him that's very compassionate.”

Jeong is best-known for playing gangster Leslie Chow in the three Hangover films, as well as appearing in the sit-com Community. He is a qualified doctor but has stopped practicing in favour of his acting career.

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