Eddie Murphy Comedy Stage, Here I Come!!!

10/18/2015 12:19 PM PDT

Eddie Murphy Says He'll Return to Comedy Stage Soon

EXCLUSIVE

Eddie Murphy has opened the door to a return to the comedy stage.

Eddie was arriving at the Four Seasons in Georgetown ... he's in D.C. to pick up the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

Prez Obama's sure to be there, and Eddie returned the flattery in advance.

But down to business ... our photog asked Eddie if he'd break the 28-year dry spell by returning to the comedy stage, and his time frame seems promising.