Quincy Jones, not to be confused with the famous music producer who has the same name, was diagnosed with Stage 4 mesothelioma cancer, in July 2015 and given one year to live, but he is not letting that stop him from enjoying his life. According to Creative Loafing, March 22, 2016, Quincy will continue fighting for his dream of taping his stand-up comedy act and he is very close to it becoming a reality.
Quincy Jones has a dream of taping his own hour-long stand- up comedy act so his legacy can continue through the years. Ellen DeGeneres, along with staff made a call to HBO and told them the story of Quincy and his story, they were able to work something out. HBO offered Quincy the opportunity to do an hour-long comedy special and it will be aired on their network.
Ellen DeGeneres, her staff, and Quincy’s people were able to keep it a secret until he appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show. When he received the news, he could not believe it at first, but he was so happy for the chance.
Quincy’s stand-up comedy act was set to take place in Santa Monica, but now it has been changed to a much larger place, the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on April 4, and it will air on HBO this spring.
Before he found out about the HBO news, Nicole Blaine and Mickey Blaine started the Kickstarter page for Quincy to help him raise funds for doing a taping of his stand-up comedy. Within a short time, they raised $50,273from 1,204 backers to help Quincy on his way.
Nicole and Mickey wrote on the Kickstarter page, “Quincy Jones, stand-up comic, has one dying wish: Leaving his mark by making an hour-long comedy special. Help fulfill his last dream.”
On Ellen DeGeneres’ show, Shutterfly presented him with a $15,000 check to help with the cost of producing his own special. This is the second check Quincy received from Shutterfly, their first check for k$10,000 was to help with travel expenses.
Quincy Jones continues to go through life, doing more than most healthy people. He has shows coming up in Massachusetts at the end of the month. You can watch Quincy Jones at the CitySide Comedy Club in Brighton, Massachusetts on March 28, at 8:30 p.m. If you want more information on his free show, call, 617-566-1000. Or you can watch Quincy’s other comedy act in Boston at the Limelight Comedy Club on March 30, starting at 7:30 p.m. There is a small charge of $6.12 and for more information, call 617-423-0785
In 2014, Quincy Jones did 1,000 shows, which averaged out to be about 3 shows per day. He started being a comedian in Atlanta and he has been in the profession for seven years. Quincy takes chemotherapy treatments, and it may cause him to not feel the best, yet he presses on because when he is doing comedy, he does not feel sick from cancer.
“I don’t feel sick when I’m on that stage. Everything before and after the performance, I can deal with. But during the performance, I plan on being as light and as carefree as possible.”
Quincy Jones rarely mentions cancer during his performances, but he did one time when he told about his fear of pigeons and someone from the audience asked him which he feared most; the pigeons or cancer. Quincy came back with a great answer to that question.
“They don’t have smooth takeoff patterns at all. They’re both terrifying. Equally terrifying. I can stare cancer in the face. I couldn’t handle a pigeon flying at my face. I’ll tell you that much.”
Meanwhile, Quincy is living the life of doing comedy and doctors have been wrong before on telling people when they will die. Of course some people accept their date and time given by the physician, but others refuse to give in and they allow God to have the final say. The Bible verse, Proverbs 17:22, is probably the most accurate in describing how laughter sustains a person health and what happens when you dwell on the negative side.
“A cheerful heart makes good medicine, But a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”