Standup comedian Quincy Jones – not to be confused with the legendary music producer – was diagnosed with stage IV mesothelioma in August of 2015. The prognosis was less than one year to live, but Mr. Jones has not allowed that to sidetrack his dreams.
At one point in his career, Quincy Jones was performing three shows a night. While this kind of demanding schedule is no longer possible, he was recently able to tape an hour-long standup special that will air on HBO June 2nd at 10pm.
Mr. Jones’s comedy is informed to an extent by his diagnosis, but extends to other aspects of life as well. His comedy special was funded through a Kickstarter campaign started by friends who wanted to see his dream of having an HBO special become a reality. This dream was further made possible by an appearance on Ellen that helped catapult him into the national spotlight.
Late-stage diagnosis of mesothelioma limits treatment options, but Mr. Jones is undergoing chemotherapy to help control the disease’s progression. He jokingly adds that juicing and yoga are playing a role as well and feels confident he will survive well past his initial prognosis. His special will air recurrently throughout the month of June and be available to stream for HBO subscribers.
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