Fans of the reality show America’s Got Talent may be familiar with the name Gregory Popovich. He showed up at the Los Angeles auditions during the second season (back in 2007) and made it all the way through to the top ten with his trained animal act before being eliminated. But it seems that he was training animals to perform tricks and act out skits long before he appeared on the show, and he wasn’t about to give it up due to a little setback like being voted off of reality TV. In fact, Gregory Popovich has since made a name for himself with his Comedy Pet Theater by taking his furry friends on the road to entertain audiences around the world. And his act has grown somewhat in the process.
When he first made his way onto national radar with America’s Got Talent, he started with a trained cat act, followed by a trained dog act, both of which the judges seemed fairly impressed with (he was advanced to the next round each time, anyway). But when he got to the semifinals he performed a skit entitled “The Homeless Clown”, which was far more indicative of what his act would eventually become. Unfortunately, the judges were none too pleased with this stretch, complaining that he had made the act more about himself than the animals. And it was after this that he was voted off the island, so to speak.
But he picked himself up, dusted himself off, and began to expand. He enhanced his show with more animals (these days he has 15 cats and 10 dogs in his show), added some people to the lineup (a slew of European-style clowns), and created a show that features juggling and balancing acts (performed by people and pets alike), animal antics (including plenty of trained tricks), and skits that have the animals interacting with humans in surprising and often comedic ways. And after a tour of twenty countries, ending with the world famous Moscow Circus, this family-friendly show has made its way to Las Vegas.
Although most people love to see an impressive circus act full of animals, some might be tempted to question the treatment of the animals involved in the show. But there is certainly something to be said for the fact that each of these pets was rescued from an animal shelter, proving that literally any animal can be trained (whether in the home or on the road). And all of the animals featured seem to be healthy and happy, which is a lot better than languishing in a shelter from which they might never be rescued.
While you can travel the world to see a clown act, exotic animals, or a magician Surrey to Singapore, this animal trainer and entertainer is right in your own back yard. And considering that he also seems to be an animal lover that puts on a great show, there’s really no reason not to support him and his amazing cast of performing pets. You can find him in residence at the V (Variety) Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino with show times Thursday through Tuesday weekly.