Children’s Hospital & Medical Center was full of laughs Friday morning.
It was all due to a surprise visit from a former patient who just happens to be a famous actor and comedian: Adam Devine.
On Saturday, Devine will film his comedy special during two performances at the Orpheum Theater, but first he stopped by the Omaha hospital to talk to patients and employees, sign autographs and hand out Lego sets, said Beth Greiner, executive director of the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation.
Devine is the star of “Workaholics,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” and the Netflix original “When We First Met.”
He was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and raised in Omaha. He graduated from Millard South and is a lifelong Husker fan.
When he was 11 years old, Devine was hit by a cement truck and broke his legs. He spent a lot of time at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
“I was actually hit by a cement truck when I was a young man and broke all the bones in my legs,” Devine said in a video filmed during his visit. “I actually stayed here at this Children’s Hospital for about a month and a half.”
Devine is now an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network, and he reached out to see if he could stop by Children’s in Omaha while he was in town for his comedy tour.
At his visit Friday, Devine was delighted to see employees whom he remembered from his stay there, Greiner said.
Devine, who was also the voice of the Flash in “The Lego Batman Movie,” handed out Lego sets to kids.
The kids and their families were delighted.
“It’s really difficult for kids when they’re in the hospital for several days to weeks,” Greiner said. “The opportunity to have a nationally recognized star from Omaha come to the hospital and spend a few brief moments with them brought a lot of sunshine to their day.”
Devine was joined by his parents for the visit, and he spent time visiting patients and telling the story of his hospitalization. Many patients requested he do his Flash voice from “The Lego Batman Movie,” and he was happy to oblige.
“I have a lot of appreciation for the doctors, and I really understand what these kids here are going through and what it means to have some fun and let their guard down,” Devine said. “I’m just happy and excited to be here and give back the little that I can.”