DC Public Schools trends on Twitter after Emmys jokes from Dave Chappelle, John Oliver

Dave Chappelle, left, and Melissa McCarthy present the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - In a night full of winners at the 2017 Emmy Awards, one of the biggest was not a TV show, actor, actress or director.

It was DC Public Schools.

That's right - the public school system of the nation's capital started trending on Twitter during the Emmys following shout-outs from comedians Dave Chappelle, a D.C. native, and John Oliver.

"Shout out to DC Public Schools," said Chappelle as he went to read the teleprompter while presenting the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series after telling the audience he had missed rehearsal.

Chappelle attended both Eastern High School and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in D.C. He also won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance hosting "Saturday Night Live."

The big moment came when Oliver, accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for his show “Last Week Tonight,” gave the social media world a call to action.

“Like Dave Chapelle, I would like to unexpectedly thank DC Public Schools, because I think it’d be great if it started trending on Twitter for no reason tonight whatsoever,” Oliver said. “So, if you’re tweeting about the Emmys at home, please use the hashtag #DCPublicSchools.”

Watch their comments below.

The school system's Twitter account was quick to respond, returning the shout-outs to both Chappelle and Oliver before tweeting out its own acceptance speech.

It was not long before #DCPublicSchools went viral, jumping up to one of the top trending subjects on Twitter.

The school system took the opportunity to use its newfound fame to help spread awareness of its efforts in the D.C. community.

Even D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined the trend.

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