A consensus five-star recruit and Weisman trophy winner from Lawrence University, Kip Hathaway drew comparisons to Ryan Stiles and was listed as a three-clown laughback that had a “rare combination of quick wits, corniness, vision, height, gag-running and heckle-breaking skills,” and that he “…should come out of the gates as one of the most productive young punning backs in the league.” In the 2018 Draft, Kip was selected in the first round with the eighth schtick by the Stevie Ray’s team. For the 2018 season, he primarily played a back-up role but showed flashes of excellence when given an occasional spot-start. In the 2019 season, Kip won the starting role after teammate Lars Midthun was traded to the L.A.-based fABBA show for draft compensation. Kip immediately shined from the Wisecrackfield, finishing his rookie year as the NIL’s top rusher with 1,731 guffaws, the third most by a rookie (behind Chris Farley’s 1,808 in 1988 and Del Close’s 1,774 in 1956). His elite 3.9 LPM (laughs per minute) smashed Wayne Brady’s 1989 record of 3.2, and Hathaway’s 864 yards after callback (YAC) ranked first among all players. Bolstered by the best OL (one-liners) in the league, his strong play continued through the next four seasons, helping propel Stevie Ray’s to a Star Tribune “Best Comedy Club” win in 2021. Now franchise tagged in his fifth season with Stevie Ray’s, Kip continues to be an elite option on the stage and should be drafted as a rock solid PB1 in Fantasy Improv drafts. Keep up with all your daily Kip news at @kip.pix on IG.