Adam Ferrara

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Adam Ferrara
Born Long Island, New York, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Influences Jackie Gleason, Richard Pryor, Chris Rush[1]

Adam Ferrara is an American actor and comedian who played the role of Chief "Needles" Nelson on the critically acclaimed FX series Rescue Me is also a co-host on the U.S. version of Top Gear and is playing NYPD Sgt. Frank Verelli opposite Edie Falco on SHOWTIME series Nurse Jackie. He also played Detective Tommy Manetti on the television series The Job.


Ferrara grew up in Huntington Station, New York in an Italian-American family. He is married to indie actress Alex Tyler, who is on the cover of his comedy DVD Funny as Hell. She also plays the "she-devil" in the special's introductory sketch. One of Ferrara's best friends growing up was Anthony Cumia, of the SiriusXM "Opie & Anthony Show". He appears on the show every so often. Adam and Anthony also were members of the "RED DEVILS" paintball team.

Adam Ferrara, the stand-up comedian and actor who Entertainment Weekly dubbed “Hilarious,” proudly played Chief Needles Nelson on the Emmy® nominated FX drama series, Rescue Me. Ferrara has also costarred alongside Kevin James in the hit movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop and in Definitely Maybe with Ryan Reynolds.

Presently Adam hosts the critically acclaimed BBC sensation, Top Gear US, airing on HISTORY and stars on Showtime’s hit series Nurse Jackie opposite Edie Falco. Additionally, Adam is an internationally touring headliner, two-time nominee for best male stand-up by the American Comedy Awards, and has three Comedy Central Specials. Ferrara has also appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, David Letterman, The View and Rachael Ray.

Ferrara's earlier TV credits include NBC’s Law & Order, ABC’s Ugly Betty, CBS's The King Of Queens, as well as a series regular on the critically acclaimed ABC show, The Job, starring opposite Denis Leary. At a Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, Denis Leary was quoted as saying, “Adam Ferrara is a great comedian, but he’s really pissing me off now because he’s become such a great dramatic actor.”

Apart from opening for his comedy idol, George Carlin, and performing at both Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, Ferrara was asked to perform at a benefit for the President and all of the Senators. Stuck in traffic on the way to the event, Ferrara quipped, “I’m still moving faster than Congress.”


Ferrara has performed on Comedy Central Presents and has twice been nominated for the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-Up. Ferrara frequently performs stand-up at Caroline's and the Comedy Cellar, both of which are in Manhattan. Ferrara also tours often, performing stand-up at the top clubs around the country.

He has performed stand-up several times on The Tonight Show, the Late Show with David Letterman, and Comedy Central. His stand up was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties in 2004.

In 2009, Ferrara performed in an hour stand-up special which aired on Comedy Central entitled Funny As Hell, and was released on DVD the same day. Ferrara appeared on The Tony Kornheiser Show on January 24, 2013.

Ferrara co-hosts the American version of Top Gear.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Flying Blind Gerald 1 episode
1996–1998 Caroline in the City Pete Spadaro 3 episodes
1997 Social Studies Dan Rossini 2 episodes
1997 Dads Carl, Sr. TV short
1999 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Stan 1 episode
2001–2002 The Job Tommy Manetti 19 episodes
2003 Ash Tuesday Greg
2003 Law & Order Monty Bender 1 episode
2004 Noise Young Detective
2004–2007 The King Of Queens Various characters 3 episodes
2006 The Last Request Cousin Frank
2006 A Merry Little Christmas Donnie Manning TV Movie
2006–2011 Rescue Me Chief 'Needles' Nelson 50 episodes
2008 Definitely, Maybe Gareth
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Sergeant Howard
2009 Winter of Frozen Dreams Burr
2009 The Unusuals Vice Detective #2 Pilot episode
2009 Around The Block Sean
2009 Ugly Betty Sammy 1 episode
2009 The Pack Cassidy
2010 Dennis Leary & Friends Presents: Douchebags & Donuts Himself
2010–Present Top Gear Host
2011 National Lampoon's Dirty Movie Dr. Feelgood
2013 Nurse Jackie NYPD Sgt. Frank Verelli 8 episodes


  1. ^ "UPN: Social Studies Cast Bio - Adam Ferrara". 1997-01-15. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Adam Ferrara in US 'Top Gear 'for History and BBC series - Monsters and Critics". Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
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