Ellen “DeGenerous:” Talk Show Host Helps Terminally Ill Comedian Land HBO Special
Ellen DeGeneres has one of the biggest hearts in Hollywood, and her kindness was put on full display during her Monday (Mar. 21) episode.
Quincy Jones, a 32-year-old budding comedian who is battling Stage 4 mesothelioma, was told by doctors he had one year left to live in Summer 2015. Along with some of his fellow friends and comedians, a Kickstarter was launched to help raise money for him to have his own comedy special, one of his biggest goals he wanted to accomplish, according to USA Today.
After appearing on Ellen’s show on March 15th and getting a $10,000 boost to his campaign, Jones was invited back to learn some exciting news from the talk show host.
“Here’s the thing that you mentioned last time, that you want to do a comedy special,” she said. “That’s really important for you to do a comedy special. So, what you don’t know (is) we called the head of HBO. And your people didn’t even tell you this, but HBO is going to air your special.”
A surprised Jones clapped and laughed with sheer joy at the news. DeGeneres and Shutterfly also gave Jones $15,000 to help him with production.
“Oh my God, this is the best surprise!” he said. He will be performing on Apr. 4 at the Terragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, and the special will air sometime in the spring.
Watch the heartwarming clip below.