In July 2015, 32-year-old stand-up comedian Quincy Jones was diagnosed with Stage 4 mesothelioma and given a year to live. He immediately started undergoing chemotherapy, but didn't stop pursuing his passion, hitting the Los Angeles comedy clubs to do sets and mingle with the local crowds. Along the way he met Nicole Blaine, another aspiring comic, who, upon learning of his diagnosis, set up a Kickstarter with her husband to fund an hour-long stand-up special for Jones.
The dying man has always had a dream of performing his own hour-long comedy show for TV, so naturally the couple's gesture meant the world to him. Now that dream is fully coming true with the added help of Ellen DeGeneres — the talk show host brought Jones onto Ellen the other day to inform him that she had made a call to HBO, and the network agreed to air his special.
It should go without saying the news was overwhelming to Jones, and he responded accordingly. Then Ellen brought out a huge $15,000 check on behalf of Shutterfly to aid in the production and the comedian couldn't have looked happier.
Check out the whole segment on 'Ellen' below:
The special will tape at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on April 4 and debut later in the spring.
(H/T: The Wrap)
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