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James Van Der Beek Plays Diplo in Mad Decent Block Party Ad

Sometimes it feels like James Van Der Beek will spend the rest of his life trying to slough off maudlin Dawson Leery, a.k.a. the role that made his career (playing a sociopathic college student in The Rules of Attraction; the hilarious DILF khakis, etc). Fortunately, he’s really good at the jokes. This week he’s starring in a strange but entertaining “Day in the Life of Diplo” ad for the upcoming Mad Decent Block Party. Playing Diplo, Van Der Beek struts around and makes a case for why he’s just your average guy: waking up to music from a live harp, paying a guy to run his social media, fighting sword-wielding “haters,” and riding off on a white pony. Watch it below.

Performers at the Mad Decent Block Party include Kesha, Diplo, Tiësto, D.R.A.M., AlunaGeorge, Baauer, and plenty more. Find the full lineup and tour dates below.

James Van Der Beek Plays Diplo in Mad Decent Block Party Ad

Mad Decent Block Party tour dates:

July 30 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
August 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ MCU Park
August 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ MCU Park
August 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
August 19 – Toronto, Ontario @ Fort York Garrison Commons
August 20 – Detroit, MI @ Russell Industrial Center
August 21 – Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
August 26 – Dallas, TX @ Club Zouk Outside Lot
September 3 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 4 – Kansas City, MO @ KC Live! At the Power & Light District
September 9 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 10 – Berkley, CA @ Greek Theatre–UC Berkely
September 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rawhide
September 17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rawhide
October 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ L.A. Center Studios