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'Top Gear's' Master of Destruction: Talking Season 3 with Adam Ferrara

Brittany Frederick Brittany Frederick
September 4th, 2012 10:30am EDT

Adam Ferrara

Yet for Adam, maybe it is just another day at the office. When one looks back on some of Top Gear US's best moments, many of them involve him and his ability to take things just a bit farther than his colleagues. In season two, he was able to roll a car in the video game Forza Motorsport 4, which was not supposed to be possible.

He went on to build a stretch limo that he affectionately named "The Popemobile" in order to escort Cloris Leachman to the Emmy Awards - and that challenge ended in him getting lost and being given the middle finger by an Emmy nominee.

Then there's the incident in "The $500 Challenge" where, tasked with breaking into Tanner Foust's Mercedes, Adam did what we were all thinking and, rather than bother with the usual coat-hanger-in-the-door method, just smashed in a rear window with the crowbar in the trunk of his taxi. While each of the Top Gear hosts has their charm, it's Adam who is hands-down the most devious of them all.

How much damage does he think they've caused this season? "I don't think we've reached our deductible," he said cheerfully, but he did mention that the Adam Ferrara Destruction Counter will be put to use at some point.

He's not all about breaking things, however. Adam is the Top Gear host who speaks for all of us at home: unlike Rutledge and Tanner, he's the one who doesn't have some level of involvement in the professional automotive world. He's just a guy from New York who drives like it and knows not to take the FDR. And like Rutledge, he thinks Top Gear is stepping out of its predecessor's long shadow.

"Our show's getting its own identity now," he explained. "We're getting more of what our show is. It's not a carbon copy, and some people are going to like that and some won't."

Like his colleagues, Adam has a "day job" outside of the show. You likely know him from his acting career, which includes playing Chief "Needles" Nelson on FX's critically-acclaimed Rescue Me, Detective Tommy Manetti on ABC's short-lived The Job, and Sergeant Howard in the Kevin James comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He also happens to be, in my opinion, the funniest stand-up comedian currently working today.

It's hard to pick where to start when discussing his stand-up material, which is not only hilarious, it also happens to make a heck of a lot of sense. Maybe it's the bit on terrorist rhetoric. "I don't get it," he says. "Terrorists convince thousands of people to kill themselves in the name of God. I can't convince two of my friends to help me move." Or the one about his parents' voice mail, which you can check out below.

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