Washington, D.C. – Celebrated comedian and Hip Hop enthusiast Dave Chappelle was honored with the key to Washington D.C. on Friday (September 29), according to WJLA. Mayor Muriel Bowser presented the symbolic gesture at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts where Chappelle graduated in 1991.

“Some very special native Washingtonians have dedicated their lives to making Washington, DC better, and they’ve gone above and beyond to show others what makes the nation’s capital the best city in the world,” Bowser said. “Dave Chappelle reminds us what it means to live a life filled with purpose, meaning, and laughter.”

Chappelle, famous for Chappelle’s Show characters like Tyrone Biggums and Clayton Bigsby, shouted out his alma mater and other D.C. schools during his acceptance speech at this year’s Emmy Awards, prompting the #DCPublicSchools hashtag on Twitter.

The D.C. native was awarded his first Emmy — Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series — on September 17 for his appearance on last season’s Saturday Night Live, which also featured musical guests A Tribe Called Quest.