The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of former Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. His entourage consists of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony and over 30 performing pets including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), geese, white doves and parrots.
The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has a rich performance history, presenting thousands of shows in more than 20 countries and is currently in its 12th season at the Planet Hollywood Resort/Casino in Las Vegas.
Popovich’s 2014 independent film “Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West” recently won the Audience Choice Award at the 17th annual Dance with Films Festival in Los Angeles.
Gregory Popovich grew up in a unique environment, as the child of Russian circus performers Alex and Tamara Popovich. In addition to their juggling and performing skills, Gregory’s parents were dog trainers. From a very young age, Gregory formed a special bond with animals. Eventually, the connection he formed with his mother’s showdogs led to his participation onstage, assisting with Tamara’s dog act. At the age of six, Gregory began to learn the art of juggling. Eight years later, he prepared his first solo act – juggling on a free standing ladder. After the public debut of this feat, Gregory became a member of the renowned Moscow Circus at the age of 17.
"Just saw you [Popovich Comedy Pet Theater] in Fort Collins, CO. This was better than Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus combined! I laughed and smiled for an entire hour. Oh yes, and my 6 year old loved it too!" - Shelley Holland McCarron, Fort Collins, CO
"It was a complete success...everyone loved it and it raised a little money for the Cheyenne Animal Shelter which was why I booked it .... Five star show!" - Dru Rohla, Executive Director, Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre
"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
"We've been pleased to present the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater on several occasions. It's a 'fun for the whole family' performance that sells tickets year after year." - Numa C. Saisselin, CEO; Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ
"The Popovich Pet Circus was magical. It was a combination of juggling, clowning and animals that kept the audience engaged and entertained. Whether he was juggling rings, putting the cats through their paces or just clowning around- everyone was asking, 'How does he do that?' There is energy to his show that translates into enthusiastic audiences." - Dan Mayer, Executive Director; Kirkland Fine Arts Center - Kirkland, WA
"It was a great show that appeals to families of all ages. The marketing materials were really helpful in selling the show! Thanks. The animals were so adorable I wish I could take them home with me!" - Cory Ness, Programming Assistant; Mayo Performing Arts Center - Morristown, NJ