Stand-up comic Quincy Jones was diagnosed with stage 4 mesothelioma cancer in July

By Aurelie Corinthios
Updated March 21, 2016 12:30 PM
Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Ready for one of the most heartwarming things you’ll see all day?

Aspiring comedian Quincy Jones, 32, was diagnosed with stage 4 mesothelioma cancer in July and told he has one year to live. Last week, he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after his Kickstarter campaign to help him realize his dream of starring in a stand-up special caught the attention of the host.

On Monday’s episode of the talk show, the host will give the stand-up comic the surprise of a lifetime – his own HBO special!

“Here’s the thing that you mentioned last time, you want to do a comedy special,” DeGeneres, 58, told Jones. “So what you don’t know [is that] we called the head of HBO. And your people didn’t even tell you this, but HBO is going to air your special.”

As the audience erupted with cheers, Jones couldn’t believe his ears.

“You’re lying. Are you serious? Are you?” he said before clapping his hands together excitedly.

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“All the negotiations have been happening, your people know that, but they kept it from you because we wanted to surprise you,” DeGeneres explained.

“Oh my God. That’s the best surprise,” Jones said. “Thank you so much.”

“Yeah, it’s great. HBO was like, ‘Yes, of course we’ll air it!’ ” DeGeneres replied.

Jones’ special will be taped in Los Angeles in April to air on HBO in the spring, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays (check local listings).