(CBS/AP)-- When Louis C.K. released his comedy special "Live at the Beacon Theater" by himself on his website for $5, it was little more than a cautiously optimistic experiment.
Less than two weeks later, it had reaped more than $1 million. Already among the most respected stand-ups in the country, Louis C.K. was suddenly a new media trailblazer, too.
On Tuesday, the Webby Awards announced Louis C.K. is their "person of the year" for setting "a new precedent for distribution." Comedians Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan have since similarly released albums online.
The Webbys, which celebrate Internet achievement, announced the winners of its 16th annual awards on Tuesday. They're presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of about 1,000 Web experts and Internet professionals.
Louis C.K. also has a show on FX, simply called "Louie," which is gearing up for a third season.
You can see the full list of Webby award winners here.