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Friday, January 21, 2011

This show has gone to the cats, dogs
Michel Nolan, Staff Writer,
The Sun, San Bernardino,CA 01/19/2011
Gregory Popovich knows he always can count on his animals. No matter if they're riding scooters, pushing strollers or jumping rope.
The Russian-born comedian/circus performer has trained his menagerie of 26 cats and dogs to perform an amazing array of tricks.
His four-legged performers will strut their stuff at 8 p.m. Friday when the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater takes the stage at San Bernardino's Sturges Center for the Fine Arts.
Be prepared to laugh, Popovich says.
This is real stand-up.
The dozen dogs and 14 cats aren't pedigreed talent.
All of Popovich's furry friends are rescued strays from homeless animal shelters.
"The main message from my show is these are all rescue animals - they look good, they look healthy, they look happy and they make me laugh every time," says Popovich, whose family-friendly show has run for 15 years in Las Vegas.
"We don't try to push them into difficult situations. We have dog school, where the dogs act as students and sit at desks."
It takes from 3 to 6 months to train them for the stage, says Popovich, who grew up in a circus family.
"My mom worked with dogs, then I worked with them, so communicating with animals is easy and natural for me," he said.
A cast of 10 European-style clowns and acrobats from the Moscow Circus will join the show. "The humans may make mistakes but my pets know what to do - they never make mistakes," said
Popovich, whose appearances have included "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Show with David Letterman," "America's Got Talent" and "Good Morning America," among others.
Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_17139307#ixzz1BchAe3zw

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