Back in March, Ellen DeGeneres revealed that she convinced HBO to air a comedy special from Quincy Jones, a 32-year-old comedian with terminal cancer — and now the hour has a date: Jones’ stand-up special will debut June 2.
Jones’ friends launched a Kickstarter page to raise funds for a potential stand-up special after he got the diagnosis this past July. The Kickstarter made over $50,000, which includes the $10,000 check from Shutterfly that DeGeneres presented when Jones made his first appearance on her show March 15.
“I want to ask Quincy the age old question what’s the one thing you want to do before you die?” friend Nicole Blaine wrote on the Kickstarter page, referring to when she first found out about his diagnosis. “Before I can even ask, he tells me his last dream is to film an hour-long stand-up special. I blurt, ‘I can do that for you. I will make that happen.’ Quincy stares at me. ‘Consider it done,’ I assure him. His giant, larger-than-life smile returns. He’s speechless. He squeaks out a soft, barely audible, ‘Thank you.’”
Jones filmed the hour April 4 at Los Angeles’ Teragram Ballroom. See the special, Quincy Jones: Burning the Light, when it airs on HBO June 2 at 10 p.m. ET.