Flight of the EGOT: Bret McKenzie could get one step closer to the grand slam if he wins songwriting Emmy this weekend

The comedy music duo Flight of the Conchords — New Zealanders Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie — have been gradually racking up kudos for more than a decade, but EGOT is around the corner for one of them. They won a Grammy together for Best Comedy Album (“The Distant Future,” 2008), and then McKenzie won an Oscar for his original song “Man or Muppet” from the 2011 “The Muppets” movie. Now they’re up for an Emmy at this weekend’s Creative Arts Awards, so if they’re finally awarded by the television academy, McKenzie will be three-quarters of the way to the showbiz grand slam.

The Conchords are nominated for Best Music and Lyrics for writing the song “Father and Son” from their HBO special “Live in London.” But this isn’t the first time they’re trying to win the favor of the television academy — far from it. Their series “Flight of the Conchords” ran for two seasons from 2007-2009, and it earned them six nominations together, including one for Best Comedy Series and three for Best Music and Lyrics. Clement earned an extra nom for Best Comedy Actor (2009), but neither of them ever won for the show.

We think voters will make it up to them this year, though. They’re the front-runners to win for “Father and Son” from their HBO special “Live in London,” according to the combined predictions of more than 1,000 Gold Derby users as of this writing. They get leading odds of 37/10 and support from five out of eight Expert journalists we’ve polled thus far: Robert Rorke (New York Post), Jazz Tangcay (Awards Daily), Ben Travers (IndieWire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby).

Next up are Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban and Shaina Taub for their Tonys telecast tune “This One’s for You.” They rank second with odds of 4/1. And Rachel Bloom is hoping for an overdue victory for the final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”: she’s nominated alongside Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal.” Schlesinger is a two-time Emmy winner for co-writing songs for the Tony Awards (“It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore” in 2012, “If I Had Time” in 2013), so don’t underestimate his “Crazy” song.

We must also watch out for “Saturday Night Live,” which has won three times (“Dick in a Box” in 2007, “Justin Timberlake Monologue” in 2011, “Come Back Barack” in 2018). This year the sketch comedy contends for “Upper East Side,” co-written by last year’s “SNL” champ Eli Brueggemann with Bryan Tucker and cast member Leslie Jones. So this category may be wide open. Can the Conchords really fly closer to EGOT?

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