'Year One' trailer sparks the Jakal vs. Jackal dance-off

A new online clip from Year One, starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, features Cera’s introverted caveman attempting to woo the lovely Juno Temple with his primitive Jacal dance. His awkward seduction falls apart soon after he clumsily offers her his hand — to smell. Hitting her in the head with a wooden stick mercifully ends their brief flirtation.

But the mere mention of a Jakal dance reminded me of C.J. Cregg’s beloved Jackal performance. President Bartlet’s then-press secretary mesmerized the entire West Wing with her sleep-deprived rendition of Ronny Jordan’s "The Jackal." Cregg’s routine was more of vocal impression than a dance, but give Allison Janney points for coolness. She knows how to move, and actually looks like she knows what she’s doing.

Cera, on the other hand, was anything but cool, but that’s his charm. Apparently, the actual Jakal dance is some variation of the African Anteater Ritual from Can’t Buy Me Love, but his interpretation is hilariously devoid of rhythm. Toss in Jack Black’s enthusiastic encouragement, and my hopes for Year One just went up a click.

But if you had to choose, which showcase most tickles your fancy? Year One’s Jakal, or West Wing’s Jackal?

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  • jackie

    it’s like you read my mind!! my first thought to the title was that it reminded me of cj’s jackal!! so happy you posted it. obviously my vote is for cj, and supposedly, allison janney does it even better in real life. i miss the west wing, so thanks for posting this!

  • AVB

    Sorry, but no one has Janney’s Jackal beat.

  • GeekGirl13

    Oh yeah, AJ all the way.

  • Ellen

    Anything involving Alison Janney, especially CJ, is just fine by me. Also loved the nerdy faux-ghetto dance moves from Josh and Sam…the geeks really do inheret the Earth…

  • Jenny

    West Wing for sure… LOVE Alison Janney! But I do feel a twinge of guilt becuase I love Michael Cera too… lovelovelove me some George Michael Bluth.

  • Clare

    C.J. does it better

  • sfshark

    C.J., by a mile.

  • Sherry

    CJ can bring it. *GRIN*

  • Chris the Tiki Guy

    “If you haven’t seen CJ do the Jackal, then you haven’t seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be performed.”

  • Leah

    There I go, falling in love with CJ all over again.
    Allison Janney is fabulous and totally wins any contest with the word “Jackal” in it.
    That WW scene is a classic!
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  • Fenny

    There’s really no contest. CJ wins every time. Never talk to me during “The Jackal”!

  • Amanda

    Nothing beats CJ and “The Jackel”!!! I still crackup everytime I see this!!! Alison did a GREAT job, and the looks on the guys’ faces just is halarious. I always thought it was so funny how into it Leo and Toby were. Plus, Josh and Sam’s corny dance moves make this even more awesome!!!

  • Elyse

    Claudia Jean, every time!

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