Comedian Quincy Jones hasn’t let a mesothelioma diagnosis stop him

According to, on August 6, 2015, Quincy Jones was given his stage 4 mesothelioma diagnosis.  As many of our clients know, this is a rare cancer in the lining of the lungs and abdomen. He was told he had less than a year to live. On June 2, 2016, the comedian’s first hour long standup special, Burning the Light, premiered on HBO. To say the 33-year-old Seattle native has been through an physical, emotional, and career whirlwind over the past year would be an understatement of epic proportions.

Jones moved from Seattle to Los Angeles to purse comedy in 2012, grinding away (to the patently absurd tune of performing 1,000 sets in a single year) in the city’s myriad of standup spots. He was honing his craft, but had yet to break though. While his career might’ve looked especially bleak after his mesothelioma diagnosis, that all changed when his comedian friend Nicole Blaine set up a Kickstarter in February to raise money to fund Jones’s first standup special. The campaign became a viral success (raising over $50,000 despite its modest goal of $4,985), boosted by Jones appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres made some calls and convinced HBO to air his standup special, and a mere two weeks later he was taping it.

Each year, approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma. The disease is not predicted to peak until 2025. Asbestos exposure causes many diseases in the USA including mesothelioma and lung cancer. Lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the U.S. It’s diagnosed in more than 220,000 people a year and it killed nearly 160,000 people last year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Asbestos exposure can lead to diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you, a family member or a friend were diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we may be able to help. We have been assisting our clients with their asbestos cases since 1975. Please contact our office at 1-800-995-6991, for a free consultation. For more information about the article, please click on the above link.


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