Rafael (Riff) Markowitz (born 1938) is a Canadian-American television and theatre producer, most recently the managing director, MC and co-founder of The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, which performed at the historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs, California until 2014.
He ran away from home at the age of 15, worked as a clown for a year, then secured a job as a radio announcer on CJKL in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He later moved into television with CHCH-TV in Hamilton, producing several of the station's early forays into television syndication, including The Randy Dandy Show, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, and Party Game.
He was also a television personality, both as the titular Randy Dandy in The Randy Dandy Show and as announcer "Gardiner Westbound" on Party Game.
He was also a producer on The Wolfman Jack Show, creator and executive producer of the HBO TV series The Hitchhiker, and a cofounder of the early Canadian pay television movie channel First Choice.
He moved to Palm Springs in 1991 intending to retire, but his continuing interest in theatre led to the offer to restore a vaudeville theatre, which became home to The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.
- "One man's unbridled folly: In a 'little jewel box of a theatre,' Torontonian Riff Markowitz has wowed a million-and-a-half visitors with corny jokes and a cancan line-up of knock-out octogenarians." The Globe and Mail, April 18, 1998.
- "Long live our lust for lingerie". The Globe and Mail, March 25, 2006.
- "How a publicity hunting TV mini-tycoon turns shy". Toronto Star, January 8, 1972.
- "Wolfman's show slick and flashy but definitely not Canadian". The Globe and Mail, October 6, 1976.
- Biller, Steven; Kleinschmidt, Janice (October 2007). "The Influencers". Palm Springs Life.