Standing in Washington Park near the University of Chicago campus, Sherri Shepherd is the picture of health. The comedian — known for movies such as “Think Like a Man,” hosting “The View” and “The Newlywed Game,” and her role as Tracy Morgan’s wife on “30 Rock” — is the kind of person who digs into bowls of kale or dishes of squash for meals, and starts her days at boot camp class. “I’m sweating and heaving and ho-ing, but I feel good,” says Shepherd, 46, of her workouts. “I feel like, OK, I’m keeping up with all these young kids because I made these changes in my life. This is the best I’ve ever felt.”
It was practically a celebrity sighting in the Splash offices when two members of the Gilt.com team — Tracey Lomrantz, women’s editorial director and Megan Carolan, senior manager of public relations — dropped by for a quick chat. Over cupcakes and a bit of bubbly (brought in by the lovely Zapwater PR team), we were able to get the inside scoop on one of our very favorite e-commerce sites. After our meeting, we immediately went back to our desks to scour the site for sweet designer deals.
Brian Babylon has made a career out of talking. And with his whip-smart wit — and a voice that would make Samuel L. Jackson jealous — it’s not difficult to see why. The stand-up comic has been making the rounds of Chicago’s comedy circuit for the better part of a decade, and his unique style, which he describes as “edgy and smart with urban sprinkles,” has made Babylon a local staple.