The comic, formerly of Seattle, was diagnosed with Stage 4 mesothelioma cancer and given a year to live. Friends launched a Kickstarter campaign to make his dream come true.

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Here’s a bit of heartwarming news: 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.

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 broadcast Monday, Jones returned to the show and learned his special would air on HBO. The special will be taped in Los Angeles in April and will air on HBO this spring.