Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2774: David Letterman Announces His Retirement - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Last night while announcing his upcoming retirement from "Late Show with David Letterman", the longtime comedian displayed a relatively uncommon (and even less appreciated) nonverbal signal.

During the 1:15 - 1:16 segment in the above video (and isolated in the images below), David Letterman curls his lower lip tightly inward over his bottom teeth while pulling up his upper lip. The lower lip is temporarily met with his tongue in a variation of a "Tongue-in-cheek" body language-facial expression. His upper lip's retraction exposes a greater amount of the teeth than is typical. This "Lower Inward Lip Roll with Upper Lip Retraction" is subconsciously initiated and performed as a mode of suppressing Mr. Letterman's laughing from further crescendo.

Thank you Dave for all the laughter.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2773: Chief Justice John Roberts, Election Donations and Suppressed Smiles - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2652: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live - Trying to Suppress the Laughter

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2723: Bode Miller's Interview after His Super G Bronze at Sochi - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2374:  Tom Cruise on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Body Language of Emotional Dissonance

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2711: John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov - Tell Me How You Really Feel - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2744: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2673: New Jersey Bridge Closing - Fort Lee, NJ Mayor Mark Sokolich - What His Body Language Says about His Feelings towards Governor Chris Christie