WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Comedian Dave Chappelle, a DC native, was at his alma mater Friday to receive an award when he awarded the school with his Emmy.

“Just so you know even though the odds are wildly against it, this can happen for you,” Chappelle said.

Mayor Muriel Bowser invited him to the school to award him the key to the city. The comedian graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1991. Chappelle talked with students about his time there and what he remembered most about his experiences.

Bowser gave Chappelle the city’s highest honor "out of recognition for his comedic craft, artistic merit, promotion of DC Values, and overall perseverance."

"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 gave DC Public Schools a shoutout at the Emmys leading the #dcpublicschools to trend nationwide on Twitter.

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According to Boswer's office, this year, Chappelle is celebrating 30 years in the entertainment industry and is known for his Comedy Central television show “Chappelle’s Show."