'Studio 4109' offers laughs, learning and opportunity

"Studio 4109" Executive Director Kevin Christenson, left, with Jonathan Adler, an associate producer and writer for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
photo Nashville Christian group Anthem Lights performed at the "Studio 4109" Season 5 finale.

Southern Adventist President Gordon Bietz has served in many roles during his 19 years at the university, including the role of "Studio 4109" host and, during a skit put on by the "SNL"-style show, a short-lived stint as a One Direction band member.

But last Saturday, the SAU student-led show's fifth season finale was the curtain call for Bietz, who is retiring at the end of the semester. And for graduating students who are part of the live comedy show, such as 4109's Executive Director Kevin Christenson and Marketing Specialist Lexie Center, the performance was a bittersweet one.

For Christenson, the live comedy skit project was a labor of love that also yielded successes like a connection with Kevin Olusola, a member of the two-time Grammy award winning group Pentatonix.