Randy Dandy (Series) (1962-1966)

Aka: Randy Dandy Show, The

Randy Dandy
Rafael Markowitz, then known as Randy Martin, hosted this children's series on CHCH-TV. Fast-paced and swiftly varied, the show mixed a merry melange of cartoons, animated characters, curious props, hand puppets, special film effects and studio improvisations.

Written with unusual skill to capture youngsters' interest, its host was backed up by clown Silly Willy and The Magic Lady who revealed the magic to be found in stories.

Scriptwriter: Bob Macintosh

Randy Martin (aka Rafael Markowitz) .... Randy Dandy
Bob Macintosh .... Silly Willy
Nuala Fitzgerald .... The Magic Lady
Joe Torbay .... Puppeteer

Original Broadcaster(s): CHCH

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When I was about 12 I operated the puppets on the stage version of the Randy Dandy show that played at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. The show was normally televised in Hamilton. The main puppet character was Whopper J. Fibley whose nose would blow up and burst when he told a lie. My job as puppeteer was to blow into a tube that was connected to a balloon (his nose) and then when it was quite large I would swing the puppets head around until the nose (balloon) would hit a pin embedded in the side of the puppet theatre. My favourite part of all that was having my own dressing room at the theatre. It felt like the big time to me. I got the part because my parents worked in theatre and it's likely my mother designed the stage set and my father's company StageCraft built them. Wow. Long ago memories.
byClick here to see the profile of this user Crino, December 15, 2014
I was on the Randy Dandy Show in the early '60s, probably 6 or 7 years old. I remember the set, including a prop boat (I think) where we'd march around and over the bow of the boat to the theme song..."Na-na-na-na, na-na-na, Na-na-na-na, na-na-na, Na-na-na-na, na-na-na, the Captain Randy Dandy Show". I can still hum the tune. I remember the characters. I was given a gift for being on the show...a box of 'Crino' powdered milk (not the greatest gift for a kid, but hey, at least I remember it!). I too wish I can see some footage of the show in general, and if possible, the episode I was on. It is a good, nostalgic memory.
byClick here to see the profile of this user BigDave, July 17, 2012
I remember Randy Dandy every afternoon on Channel 11. Seemed to work on a few levels as I recall my parents also found him to be funny and entertaining. My mother also liked it when he said, "Say what you mean, and MEAN WHAT YOU SAY!". Oh, yes, Whopper J. Fibley, whose balloon nose blew up every time he lied. Snarf the Walrite. Mister Mike, the boom mike with a mop wig and shades. Riff Markowitz (along with his brother Mitch) later produced "The Hilarious House of Frightenstein". In later years, Markowitz worked in post-production at First Choice Canada, an early pay-TV network, along with many major stars on their shows, records, etc. In 1983, he produced "The Hitchhiker" for HBO. Today, Markowitz operates the Pam Springs Follies, a Vaudeville-type show in Palm Springs, CA
byClick here to see the profile of this user LulaQ, December 31, 2010
All my earliest sexual fantasies (if a 5 year old can be said to have sexual fantasies!) centred on Randy Dandy. I remember his bum in a white sailor suit of some kind. My dad called my little sister Whopper J Fibbly for years - after the character who 'fibs his fib'. I think this meant that his balloon nose blew up with each lie he told. I can still sing the song ... sort of. Wish I could see an episode. C'mon CHCH TV - cough 'em up!
byClick here to see the profile of this user sassy4, November 19, 2010
Does anyone know how I can get a hold of some of the old shows?
byClick here to see the profile of this user Ron Donovan, July 8, 2010
I was the toy supplier for the Randy Dandy show back in Halifax. The show was hot at the time and we supplied stores like Zeller's with items that were used on the tv show like Swords, Caps, Sweaters, lunch pails etc. The volume was tremendous the profit was eaten up in royalties but it was fun time. I think I enjoyed the appearances where sometimes I drove the convertible etc. What fun. Is Randy Still with us. Is anyone around who remembers the time.

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