Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones in his HBO comedy special “Burning the Light”

*After being told he had one year to live following a cancer diagnosis, comedian Quincy Jones got busy with an all out effort to fulfill his biggest dream: filming a one-hour stand-up special.

A Kickstarter campaign was launched and within two hours, the money was raised to finance a special. All it needed was a place to air.

Enter Ellen DeGeneres, who heard about the effort, invited Quincy on the show and made an on-air plea for HBO to get on board. The network agreed to air it, and the comic went on to film the hour in early April.  The result, titled “Quincy Jones: Burning the Light,” will premiere on the cable channel next month.

“What I have the ability to do right now is to hopefully inspire people to dig a little deeper and fight a little harder,” Jones, who’s going through chemotherapy, says in a new trailer for the special. “Someone could watch this and be like, ‘That guy has cancer? That guy was told he was gonna die and this is what he managed to churn out?’”

“Whether it’s cancer, whether it’s a breakup, we’re all one misstep away from losing it,” he continues. “But you just gotta tighten up, you gotta pull it together, compose yourself, one day at a time. It took a lot of baby steps to get to this point right here.”

“Quincy Jones: Burning the Light” debuts June 2 on HBO.

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the special below: