Comedian Dave Chappelle received a standing ovation as he received the Mark Twain Award for American Humor at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday (October 27).

Chappelle, who has built a reputation on pushing boundaries, tested his own privilege during the ceremony, taking to the stage at the indoor event with a lit cigarette in hand.

“I want everyone in America to look at me smoking indoors,” he said to the crowd, reported The Grio. “I didn’t ask anybody. What are they going to do? Kick me out? This is called leverage!”

There were many familiar faces in the audience as The Chappelle’s Show creator received the prize for lifetime achievement in comedy. Chance The Rapper, John Legend and Common were all in attendance to honor the famed comedian.