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Terminally ill comedian Quincy Jones lands stand-up special at HBO

Terminally ill comedian Quincy Jones lands stand-up special at HBO
Ellen DeGeneres informs cancer-stricken comedian Quincy Jones that HBO will air his stand-up special. (Meredith Blake)

Here's a bit of heartwarming news to start your Monday: HBO announced Monday that comedian Quincy Jones will headline a stand-up special to air this spring on the premium cable network.

What's the big deal? In July, the 32-year-old Jones (not to be confused with the legendary music producer of the same name), an aspiring stand-up comedian, was diagnosed with Stage 4 mesothelioma cancer and given a year to live. He is undergoing chemotherapy and performing when he is well enough.

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His friends Nicole and Mickey Blaine recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to help Jones realize his dream of starring in a stand-up special. The campaign quickly reached its $50,000 target and also generated a flurry of publicity for Jones, who made a charming appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" last week.

In an episode that will be broadcast Monday, Jones returned to the show and learned his special would air on HBO. A preview clip is posted above but be warned: Watching it may result in spontaneous weeping.

The special will be taped in Los Angeles in April and will air on HBO this spring.

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