A popular husband-and-wife comedy duo, Uncle Cyp (b. Laurence Lemarr Brasfield, 1 March 1888, Smithville, Mississippi, USA, d. 6 September 1966, Raymondsville, Texas, USA) and Aunt Sap (b. Neva Inez Fisher Greevi, 14 March 1889, Luther, Michigan, USA, d. 19 March 1980, Raymondsville, Texas, USA) married circa 1906 and put together a comedy act that featured a rustic couple. Brasfield initially played a country hayseed character known as Boob, which became Cyprus, and eventually they adopted the names of Uncle Cyp and Aunt Sap. They first worked on various tent and vaudeville shows, including the Bisbee Comedians, all over the USA, before they became regulars on the original Ozark Jubilee, when it was formed. They were the only act to play on the show from its beginning until it closed in 1961, whereupon they retired from showbusiness. Brasfield, who died of lung cancer in 1966, was an elder brother of Grand Ole Opry comedian Rod Brasfield, who at one time worked with him on the vaudeville circuit.
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