According to Larry Joe 

Larry Joe Campbell is starting to think people are out to get him.

“I’ll walk into a place and someone will stare at me, and I’m thinking, ‘This person wants to beat the hell out of me.’”

They don’t. Rather, they’re just trying to place Campbell’s face. The Michigan native actor’s boyish visage has become increasingly familiar to the public at large in the four years he’s spent as Jim Belushi’s brother-in-law on the prime-time sitcom “According to Jim.”

Campbell isn’t quite as instantaneously recognizable as your average pop star, but his face no longer blends into the crowd — hence the looks of confusion.

“The looks are like, ‘Did I go to college with that guy?’ ‘Did he fix my cable last week?,’” says Campbell. “They get that furrowed brow and I think either I have something on my nose or they want to fight me, and then I have to remember I’m being recognized.”

After getting a degree in theater at Central Michigan University, Campbell landed a coveted spot with Detroit’s Second City in 1996, when the company was just a fledgling enterprise. One day, Bob Saget’s manager happened to catch a show, and was so taken with Campbell that he lured him out to Los Angeles and signed him.

During the last few years in Hollywierd, Campbell has hooked up with several alumni of both Detroit Second City and Hamtramck’s Planet Ant Theatre and Improv Colony: Andy Cobb, Marc Evan Jackson, and Joshua and Nyima Funk.

In fact, this motley crew of former residents decided to form their own improv troupe in Los Angeles, christening it The 313 in honor of the big D. They perform regularly in the Los Angeles area, and are now returning to Detroit for a two-weekend run at the Hastings Street Ballroom.

Campbell says, unfortunately, most people in Los Angeles still think Detroit sucks.

“We’re trying to change that mentality by saying, ‘Here’s some Detroit talent,’” says Campbell. “We’re saying, ‘We’re from Detroit. We’re proud of that. Here’s a show.’”

Furthermore, Campbell says The 313 offers a slightly different experience from the same ol’ improv troupe.

“We’re trying to offer a fresh, new experience. It’s not just Whose Line Is It Anyway? — we keep the energy pulsating through the show, and it’s very specific to how we were groomed in Detroit.”

Campbell explains, “The first act is a series of improvisational games, mixed with 5- to 7-minute short comedy films. Every week at the end of a show, we take a suggestion for a short film, then we have a week to make it, then we show it next week. We’re going to try to shoot a few in Detroit.”

Campbell is looking forward to returning to his old stomping grounds.

“I really miss Detroit,” he says. “I love the city, but when it comes down to my profession, L.A. just represented an opportunity. There’s only like 12 people who can say, ‘I pay my bills doing theater,’ in Michigan.”

And what does he think of Second City’s impending move to Novi?

“I’m sad to see any sort of business leave the city limit,” says Campbell. “I want Detroit, the city, to grow. I want it to be vibrant, an