Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
April 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts
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Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts

The World Famous Popovich Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now, they love to show off onstage by performing a variety of stunts and skits.

Popovich and his Pets have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and as a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza of European-style clowning, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, extraordinarily talented performing pets! It’s a show that adults and kids (and pet lovers of all ages) will enjoy.

Adults $22 / Children 12 and under $14

Gregory Popovich, producer and star of the show, and his entourage of 30 rescued furry four-legged performers have traveled and performed throughout the United States and all over the world. For the past nine years, the show has been featured at the V Theater, inside Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented theatrical circus blend of unique physical comedy, starring the extraordinary talents of Gregory’s rescued performing pets which he has saved from animal shelters across the country and gave them a second chance as Las Vegas stars. During the live show audiences will witness acts such as the Dog Classroom, the Amazing House-Cats, the Animal Train Station, and other acts in the show that will treat audiences to surprise appearances from more animal performers, including trained doves, parrots, goats, and even a miniature horse named Diamond, along with acrobats, mimes, contortionists and jaw-dropping juggling by internationally acclaimed award winner Gregory Popovich, who has won numerous juggling awards and is known as one of the top three best jugglers of the world. Currently, he holds the world record in a balancing/juggling feat in which he stands atop a nine foot free standing ladder and juggles nine rings.

Gregory Popovich is a lifelong advocate of animal rights. He has participated in fundraisers for animal shelters and neutering programs across the nation. Public-service announcements promoting responsible pet adoption are staples of Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater. All pets that perform in Comedy Pet Theater are rescues from shelters — and serve as furry ambassadors for animals seeking homes. “When people see these amazing, healthy animals on stage and decide to adopt an animal from a shelter themselves, my main message has reached the audience,” says Popovich — who grew up backstage in where his parents performed the circuses, with pets frequently his only playmates. He bonded closely with the dogs and cats, learning to communicate via words, signals and body language — a skill he likens to that of Mowgli, the child character in Jungle Book. Today, the furry or feathered performers in Comedy Pet Theater live in comfortable quarters as members of Gregory and wife, Izolda’s, extended household in Las Vegas. Those who grow too old for the stage live in pampered retirement. Popovich is a master animal trainer who employs positive-reinforcement techniques in his training — coaching individual animals to perform tasks based on their natural habits. He has shared his expertise for raising, training and living harmoniously with pets in two books: You CAN Train Your Cat: Secrets of a Master Cat Trainer, and, Doggy Gone Good: A Master’s Guide to Teaching Manners, Tricks and Healthy Habits.

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“We are in awe of how [Popovich] manages to produce such a delightful event with so many different animals.  Thank you for delighting us with such a wonderful, crowd-pleasing, humorous, unique vaudevillian show.  Your audience-friendly, energetic stage presence playfully took us through a variety of amusing, entertaining, and engaging acts, and left us wondering what we might manage to teach our own pets at home.” – Ronna Kalish, Director; New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series at Macey Center- Socorro, NM

“The quality of the performance was excellent.  Not only were the talented pets amazing and undeniably cute, Gregory and his company treated the audience to top-notch juggling and clowning.” – Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager; Kent Parks, Recreation, and Community Services – Kent, WA