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News : Entertainment Apr 11, 2013 - 7:55:57 AM


'Popovich Comedy Pet Theater’ on the road

By Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts





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World-famous Gregory Popovich and his sensational Comedy Pet Theater are coming to Hartford for two performances on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at bushnell.org, (860) 987-5900, and at The Bushnell Box Office. Tickets start at $19.50 plus applicable service charges. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is part of the Robinson and Cole Family Series.

Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater is again wowing audiences around the country with a unique combination of rescue-pet performers and eye-popping juggling. Popovich provides non-stop fun for all ages with his award-winning show featuring a cast of talented cats and dogs rescued from animal shelters and transformed into stars. The Circus Fans Association of America has even awarded Popovich its 2009 Entertainer of the Year award for his “unique and most enjoyable performance.”

During the past four years of producing his popular shows at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Popovich created a number of new acts, such a Pet Fire Marshals, Dog Football, Dr. Doolittle and Funny Geese, that he’s now ready to take it on the road. “I am touring again because I would like to share those talented new pets with new audiences around the U.S.,” said Popovich.

With his revamped show and the Brad Simon Organization handling management and touring, Popovich and his Comedy Pet Theater are filling venues and winning rave reviews for shows up and down the west coast:

“The Popovich Pet Circus was magical,” said Dan Mayer, executive director at the Kirkland Performance Center in Kirkland, Wash. “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 an energy to his show that translates into enthusiastic audiences.”

Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater is a perfect family show and will surprise and delight every audience. Sell-out shows and record breaking crowds have greeted the Comedy Pet Theater in places like Fresno and Eureka, Calif., Eugene, Bend and Klamath Falls, Ore., and Kirkland, Wash.

Audiences at the shows have been excited and effusive, saying:

—“It’s like entertainment used to be – fun and silly. With the pets doing tricks, it had my whole family laughing.”

—“Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is fun for all – toddlers to teens, and beyond”

Popovich has received thousands of emails from his fans all over the country asking when his “Pet Theater” will be back to their towns and cities. With the sold-out successes of his 10 shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle, that next visit may be right around the corner!

“This is not just a fun show to see, it’s a fun show to book because the response is so positive,” said Brad Simon of BSO. “People just love to see pets doing amazing tricks. And Gregory has worked hard to bring a new level of excitement and enjoyment to his pet theater.”

But there is more than meets the eye with the Comedy Pet Theater. For Gregory Popovich, the show is animated by a deep love of cats and dogs and a very serious, life-long commitment to helping rescued pets.

“One of the main messages of my show is to bring attention for animal shelters, and the many homeless pets and rescue efforts out there. Because all my pets in my shows have been rescued by animal shelters, I feel it’s my mission to ‘payback’ animal shelters and try to help other pets if I have this opportunity.”

Popovich is anxious to work with programs in the areas he visits to help them raise awareness and funds for their pet rescue efforts, much like what came from his partnership with Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene, Or.

For more information on Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater, please visit comedypet.com.

BACKGROUND:

Gregory Popovich and his extraordinary pet partners have been featured on the Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, America’s Got Talent and Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet. Gregory currently is busy with a number of projects outside of his live show, including promoting his new book “You CAN Train Your Cat” and producing additional episodes of his new television show “Comedy Pets.”

Gregory grew up as the child of Russian circus performers Alex and Tamara Popovich. In addition to their juggling and performing skills, Gregory’s parents also were dog trainers. From a very young age, Gregory formed a special bond with animals, especially his mother’s show dogs, which led to his participation onstage assisting with her 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 great Moscow Circus Group at the age of 17.

For the next few years, Gregory traveled the world with the Moscow Circus, eventually becoming the star of the circus and its representative at international circus competitions worldwide. During this time, Gregory completed a special five-year course and earned the degree of “Circus Creator and Producer.”

Gregory was then invited to join the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in the United States. He performed his juggling act in the center ring, becoming the first Russian artist to ever appear in the “Greatest Show on Earth.”

Las Vegas was the next stop for Gregory where he became the featured performer at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. During his show there, he fatefully incorporated the family kitten, Snowbird, in his act. The audiences’ responses to the kitten act was consistently so great, that Gregory began to think about building an entire routine based on performing cats. A friend encouraged Gregory to visit an animal shelter to look for cats that could become the additional performing pets. Upon his first visit to an animal shelter, Gregory was dismayed and stunned to see so many animals without a home or a loving family, animals that had so much potential, but had been discarded. He began to adopt and train cats from the shelter, and, when they were ready, introduce them as a part of his show. This is the beginning of Gregory’s life-long commitment to helping rescued animals and the Comedy Pet Theater.

About The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrating 80 years, The Bushnell® is Connecticut’s premier performing arts center, hosting more than 350 events yearly, including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, local arts and community events. The Bushnell is home to two theaters- the historic 2,800-seat Mortensen Hall, and the 907-seat Belding Theater, a state-of-the-art performance hall that opened in 2001. The Bushnell’s nationally recognized, award-winning, arts-in-education program, PARTNERS® (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools), now in its 19th year, continues to provide quality arts-in-education programs for schools and communities across Greater Hartford. The Bushnell opened in January 1930 and is a not-for-profit organization that is proud to serve Connecticut and its citizens. For more information, call The Bushnell at (860) 987-6000, The Bushnell Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or visit our website at www.bushnell.org.




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