Comedian Dave Chappelle warmed up for his astonishing 10-show run at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival with a surprise set early Monday morning.

The 41-year-old comic arrived in the city late Sunday night on a flight from New York City, where he accepted an award from the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation on Saturday.

Chappelle surprised comedy fans when he slipped into the Théâtre Saint-Catherine, a 100-seat venue, for the Off-JFL Midnight Surprise show and performed for nearly an hour.

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Chappelle is set to begin a four-night run at JFL on Monday night at Théâtre Maisonneuve at Places des Arts, where he is scheduled to do 10 sold out shows (although a limited number of tickets have been released).

Comedian Mike Ward tweeted that Chappelle was “on top of his game” and Frank Spadone described Chappelle as “so relaxed, so funny.”

 

Look who showed up to do a set… Dave Chappelle. So relaxed, so funny. #JFLMTL

A photo posted by Frank Spadone (@frankspadone) on Jul 19, 2015 at 10:46pm PDT

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