In New York City, anything can happen.
Tim Gosnell was in the Big Apple with his wife, Sarah, who is receiving treatment for leiomyosarcoma, a very rare form of soft tissue sarcoma, when he reached out to Ryan Hamilton, his wife’s favorite comedian.
Gosnell messaged Hamilton on Instagram to ask if he would be able to come visit them at the hospital, and less than two hours later, the stand-up comedian, whose special, “Happy Face,” premiered a year ago on Netflix, was in their hospital room.
All of the planning, though, happened under the radar; Gosnell’s wife never knew. In fact, her husband convinced her a minister was coming to visit her.
“I woke her up just before he got here and told her that a chaplain was coming to visit,” Gosnell wrote. “So when she saw Ryan coming through the curtains, she was thoroughly surprised and confused.”
Sarah, obviously unprepared for what was actually happening, told Hamilton, “I though you were a chaplain, but you’re clearly not a chaplain.”
View this post on Instagram
I was able to make some new friends yesterday! Repost @timgosnell ・・・ Tonight @sarahgosnell got to meet her favorite comedian, @ryanhamiltone! We discovered Ryan Hamilton’s Netflix special, Happy Face, when it came out about a year ago. It is hilarious, clean, and with our frequent trips to New York we especially appreciate his jokes about NYC. If you haven’t watched it, you need to. We are up here for her surgery to have two tumors removed from her liver (the surgery went well), and I remembered Ryan lives in here, so why not ask him if he would come and visit Sarah. So, I sent him a message on Instagram, and less than two hours later he surprised Sarah in her hospital room! Seriously. I woke her up just before he got here and told her that a chaplain was coming to visit. So when she saw Ryan coming through the curtains she was thoroughly surprised and confused. He was gracious and kind. He sat and talked with us for over 30 minutes. He asked where I was staying, and when I said I was sleeping at the hospital, he offered for me to come over to his place to get a shower! It’s been a rough couples of months, but I’m thankful for special moments like this. Thanks to everyone for your continued prayers.
“Not a chaplain — no, not a chaplain,” the comedian replied, laughing.
Because of their recent trips back and forth between Lynchburg, Virginia, and New York City, Hamilton has become particularly important to the Gosnells. Gosnell described the comedian’s routine as “funny, clean, and with our frequent trips to New York, we especially appreciate his jokes about NYC.”
Gosnell said Hamilton, who sat and talked with them in the hospital room for more than 30 minutes, was “gracious and kind.”
“He asked where I was staying, and when I said I was sleeping at the hospital, he offered for me to come over to his place to get a shower,” Gosnell recalled. “It’s been a rough couples of months, but I’m thankful for special moments like this.”
Sarah was at the hospital to have two tumors removed from her liver. The surgery, Gosnell said, went well.