Advocate of homeless pets and International Circus Star, Gregory Popovich, and 30 shelter-rescue pets star in “Popovich Comedy Pet Theater” with two performances at the McPherson Opera House, April 19 and April 20 at 7:30 p.m. The show is a unique blend of physical comedy, award-winning juggling, and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 rescued performing pets. Voted Best Family Show in Las Vegas! “The New Yorker” magazine named Gregory Popovich “one of the world’s best physical comedians.” Gregory Popovich has performed on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, “Late Night” with Jay Leno, “The Late Late Show” with David Letterman and then Craig Ferguson, and was a finalist on the hit NCB show “America's Got Talent.”
Gregory Popovich, producer and star of the show with 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 in Las Vegas. 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 saved from animal shelters across the country and gave 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 others 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. 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 where his parents performed in 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 and feathered performers in Comedy Pet Theater live in comfortable quarters as members of Gregory’s and his 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.
“Last spring, and for the first time, the Opera House presented a show that featured live animals – all dogs – on stage. The show was a sell-out and it was so much fun! It’s amazing to see what these animals are capable of doing. We think it will be even more fun this time around with Gregory Popovich’s menagerie. We’ve seen what dogs can do, but cats, geese, and a Shetland Pony? We can’t wait!” says Opera House Business Director Diane Fallis. “It will be a fun time for the whole family.”
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is generously sponsored by Dan and Colleen Bruce, Williams, The Mark Martin Agency-Allstate Insurance, and Midway Motors. Ticket prices range from $22-$32, plus a $4 preservation fee. Student tickets are al all-inclusive $12. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.mcphersonoperahouse.org, call 620-241-1952, or visit the box office at 219 S. Main Street, McPherson. Please call or visit the box office for student ticket pricing.